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When yarns rather than a finished cloth are tie-dyed, the fabric woven from those tie-dyed yarns is most commonly called by its Indonesian name ikat. The name for this technique is kasuri in Japan, patola in India and mudmee in Thailand.

The tie-dyed yarns may be used just in the warp, just in the weft, or in both (warp ikat, weft ikat or double ikat). The patterns created are often compared to blurry reflections seen in water.

Silk and cotton fibers were traditionally used for ikat, but now any fiber can be found. The look of ikat may be simulated in printed patterns.

See also:
Warp print

Silk ikat