Designer Gautam Gupta of ‘Asha Gautam’ duo has labored extensively with ikat and is nearly an authority on the topic. We had an unique chit-chat with him over what makes Ikat so versatile and widespread and that is what he needed to say.
The comeback of ikat
We ask Gautam concerning the sudden comeback of ikat, and he explains how the material has gained recognition for being very simple to work with, “Ikat is available in two varieties i.e. single ikat and double ikat. Single ikat is used extra not solely in apparels however in way of life business i.e. interiors, equipment and even in furnishings. Collaborations between designers and weavers has given it a brand new coloration palette, patterns, placement and this permits it to attach with even millennials. Ikat is not only used as a sari however in fusion and even western put on. A geometrical sample which is likely one of the characters of the material itself makes it very pleasant to play with.”
(Ikat saris by Asha and Gautam)
Foraying into luxurious clothes
Effectively, being a pleasant cloth doesn’t imply it may well’t be utilized in luxurious clothes. Double ikat is dear and takes virtually 6 months to a yr to make and likewise has limitations by way of designs. In accordance with Gautam, it’s used extra as a signature piece. Because of this possessing a double ikat sari is taken into account to be equal to having a couture piece with the previous having a bonus of being a traditional. “Previously 4 years, we’ve labored much more on double ikat and created totally different patterns in double ikat as properly which bought a constructive response. The unique nature of double ikat makes it a luxurious and that is why we see the surge,” provides the designer.
The rising demand for ikat
Javed Anwar, a dealer from Asia’s greatest readymade clothes/textile market, Gandhi Nagar is shocked on the sudden curiosity within the cloth. “We stopped stalking it some years in the past, however have re-stocked it now, due to a whole bunch of inquiries that we get every day,” claims the dealer.
Javed caters to among the extremely popular designers within the metropolis and credit Bollywood stars for making the material so widespread. “All actresses are carrying the material and native tailors are producing Bollywood replicas recurrently, that explains the recognition,” he provides.
(Athiya Shetty’s ikat maxi costume by Saaksha & Kinni)
Bollywood has contributed to the ikat revolution Gautam agrees with Javed when he says, “From Sonam Kapoor’s outsized printed ikat costume to Deepika Padukone ikat sari and Alia Bhatt’s ikat costume – all of the divas have made trend statements carrying ikat. One can’t ignore the affect of Indian actors on trend and ikat has been promoted periodically by them.”
“Demand for each single and double ikat is nice and anticipated to get higher with design intervention and enlargement of its utilisation. Once we work with weavers and attempt to create one thing totally different we see an escalating demand for ikat. Shoppers need one thing totally different or one thing inexpensive so one has to serve both,” provides Gautam.
Designers are experimenting with the material
From Abraham and Thakore, who labored with the double ikat cloth for a set means again in 1992 to different widespread names like Rajesh Pratap Singh, Anita Dongre, Madhu Jain and Tarun Tahiliani, Indian designers are enjoying with the material like by no means earlier than. From designing saris to lehengas, shirts to creating equipment with the versatile cloth, they’ve uplifted the material to a stage that it may well’t be dethroned now.
Designer Madhu Jain has been tagged as ‘the primary girl of Ikat’ for her elaborate work with the material, in reality she additionally launched the world to Bamboo Silk Ikat. The brand new textile, which is the results of 14 years of laborious work and in depth analysis executed by the legendary designer.
The long run is shiny
Gautam feels the way forward for the material could be very shiny as by nature it seems up to date and there’s no different weave or craft which blends into the brand new age trend so properly.
“Ikat will all the time have a robust presence in international trend. Will probably be utilized in other ways to interpret designers’ ideas. From weaving to print the artwork is irresistible,” indicators off Gautam.