In Uzbekistan the art of making Ikat fabric is centuries old. This technique uses a resist dye process where the warp yarns (vertical threads) are bound and dyed by hand before being woven with the weft yarns (horizontal threads). Ikat fabrics are called abr, meaning cloud. Thus abr-bandi, cloud-tying, refers to the technique that gives ikat its characteristic cloud-like pattern. During the Silk Road era, the Ikat was a sought after commodity by Khans and members of high society.
Keep this tradition alive with this beautiful handwoven cotton Ikat vest. The neckline can be worn up or flipped down to create a lapel-like collar.