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I love anything that can give folks a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the process behind highly-involved forms of craft. Whitney Matalone recently posted this amazing video time lapse of the Ikat-making process. It is mesmerizing.

I practice one of the oldest and most widespread forms of textile decoration. Ikat. It is a process in which you bind and dye the warp or weft fibers to create an image.
The bindings are removed, the fibers are washed out and dried before the weaving process begins. I recorded every second of the process (about three months) and put it into this four minute video.

[via Cathy Callahan]

  • anne

    Beautiful work and beautiful video. Thank you.

  • Trish Blair

    Wow that is totally amazing. I have never even seen pictures of the process.
    What patience
    I would love to share the link to this video on my blog:
    Thank you

  • Dawn Davis

    She is one the most amazing artists I think I have ever seen. It is refreshing to see a “lost art” not so lost after all. Truely inspiring.

  • cordy

    This is great, but it’s not actually ikat. It’s warp painting, which is a different, totally cool thing to do.
    The difference: in ikat, you use resist dye methods, binding the warp in different places before dying it in liquid dyes, so that only parts of the warp are colored. If you want multiple colors, you then repeat the process, unbinding some bits, or binding others, and dyeing the whole thing over and over again until the pattern eventually forms.
    In warp painting, you do what is seen above, and apply color by painting the warp threads with dye paste. It’s easier (I find) because you can do all the work in one big painting stage, instead of having to repeat a phase of the process so many times.
    Now, she does use ties on the warp above, but as pattern guidelines, not as a resist.
    This is a cool video, and it’s neat to see the process condensed like this- but it’s definitely warp painting.

  • Laura Cochrane

    I love time lapse videos. They are such a great quick and visual way to give others an idea of how something is made.