Ikat is one of the styles of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye. In the case of this hand-loomed fabric, before attaching the warp strings to the loom they are arranged into bundles, every bundle is tied and dyed individually so that a pattern is visible when the loom is set up. This ikat pattern runs parallel to the warp, in a blurred geometric pattern of red on light beige.
6.5 yards/6 meters in length
40 inches/1 meter wide
The border is a completely different piece of material attached after the Ikat fabric is complete. In fact, it is most likely attached by a completely different company (kind of like an aftermarket accessory made specifically for the Gopi skirt market). It is a patchwork of Kantha embroidery stitching, made from new cotton scraps, left over from clothing manufacturers. Hand stitched in parallel lines of yellow cotton embroidery threads and bound on both sides with a narrow black border strip printed with gold circles. The Kantha border is 7 inches wide.
To make a full-length skirt, the kantha border will be separated from the ikat fabric. You would then cut the ikat fabric with the pattern running vertical, which gives a much nicer look - as we all know - vertical stripes are slimming! The Kantha border is then reattached as one continuous border.
Both fabrics are 100% medium weight cotton, hand loomed and hand stitched.