Balinese Double Ikat Front Panel with Navy Silk Fitted Maxi Dress
STORY BEHIND THE DOUBLE IKAT:
Geringsing double Ikat can only be found in Tenganan, a village east of Bali, in Indonesia. Secluded from other communities, the legend of this village is said to be that their people were selected by Indra, a Hindu God, to make a divine community that is microcosm to the world. The Tenganan villagers were instructed to use every means to keep it pure and clean. Only those born in the village may stay and join the village community.
The Ikat is made using a double loom, hence barring its name as Double Ikat and is a time consuming and arduous process of hand-weaving. It consists of spinning the cotton fibers into a yarn, then spread into several lines for the motif design process to resist-dyeing by tying the yarns with a raffia rope. Once complete, it is left to dry outdoors and the weaving process begins with a bamboo hand-loom.
The fabric has been specially hand-made and irregularities are a natural characteristic of this fabric.