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    Ikat, or Ikkat, is a dyeing technique wherein bindings or substances resisting dye penetration are applied over the fibres in pre-determined patterns and then the threads are dyed. Alteration of bindings and using more than one colour for dyeing produces multi-coloured thread effect. Removal of the bindings and the subsequent weaving of the threads would form the desired pattern woven in the fabric. The determining characteristic of ikat is the dyeing of patterns, by means of bindings, on the threads prior to the weaving of the fabric. More the precision in the application of the resist bindings, finer would be the pattern formed.

    Ikkat is classified into single-ikkat and double-ikat styles. Single Ikat fabric are created by interweaving tied and dyed warp with plain weft or resisted weft yarns are inserted in plain weft. Double ikat involves the process of resisting on both warp and weft and then interlacing them to form intricate yet well composed patterns. Yarn could be silk, cotton, jute or any other fibre chosen as base material. Most fabrics are Warp Ikat. Weft ikat is preferred when it is the overall picture that is important and not the precision of the patterns. Double ikkat is even rarer and an example is the Patan Patola of Gujarat. Lesser accurate or poor imitation double ikkat versions are available in the market.

    The artistic excellence of ikat prints can be gauged from its traditional motifs of flowers, dancing girl, creepers, leafs, parrot, animals, birds, mythological characters and geometrical patterns. Most of the ikkat printed sarees have repeated geometrical patterns of diamonds (rattan chowk), circles, squares, lines etc. Pochampally in Andhra Pradesh and the Rajkot Patola weave of Gujarat are famous for their individual brand of ikkat sarees. Ikkat prints are trending and high fashion on a variety of fabrics like pure cotton, pure silk, georgette, crepe and supernet, to mention some.

    Some of the offerings from Unnati

    South Indian handloom cotton sarees of ikkat prints having zari border with an elegant pallu are classic. They are apt for daily casual, office and outings. The Designer Rajkot Patola Pure Silk Ikkat printed sari having embroidered border and pallu embellished with crystals and beads is an exquisite creation. These are preferred wear for weddings, as bridal attire, for festivals and grand social occasions. The Georgette half and half pattern saree with ikat prints is a stylish affair that would go well with parties and informal functions.

    The Unnati advantage

    Unnati silks, the largest ethnic online Indian shop offers exquisite designer Ikkat Prints sarees with matching blouse for online sale. Our Online shopping store has the widest range of rich Indian Sarees and Salwar kameez. At Unnati Silks, you can buy unique, exclusive collection at affordable prices. You can purchase online at Unnati silks and the products will be dispatched within 24 working hours of placing the order. We have Free shipping and Cash on Delivery (COD) facility for Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Ernakulum, Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur and many other Indian cities. We also do Worldwide express shipping to countries like United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), UAE, Dubai, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Chicago, New Zealand and others