The traditional yarn-dyed method of weaving, Ikat, has made a major comeback; not only in its original form, but also in more contemporary formats such as prints and graphics. From designer ethnicwear made using the age-old technique to modern casualwear adorned with Ikat prints and patterns, this trend is sweeping the fashionable crowd off their feet with its global appeal and close-to-roots emotional connect.

Go the Indian way

The safest way of flaunting traditional patterns such as Ikat is to do it the traditional way. So, go all desi in Ikat kurta paired with patialas, mojris and chunky silver earrings at work. Turn heads at a family occasion by wearing a stunning Ikat anarkali suit with a maang-tika, an embroidered clutch and heeled sandals.

Contemporize the classic

Not the ethnic type? Not to worry! Ikat prints have flooded the western-wear segment – both on and off ramp. Pick a vibrant-hued Ikat print maxi dress to wear with flatform sandals and a fringed sling bag while on holiday. A neutral-coloured Ikat blazer can be paired with a crisp white shirt, boyfriend jeans and pumps for a smart casual vibe.

Tweak the traditional

An eclectic sartorial soul can have some fun with Ikat by incorporating it in a fusion outfit. Dress up for your next lunch meeting in a cotton Ikat kurta worn with skinny denims and brogues or flaunt a flared Ikat ethnic skirt with a tank top and a messy braid for a day out with the girls. Remember to strike the right balance of traditional and contemporary and grab eyeballs with your fusion looks.

Ikat on the side

Ikat has now surpassed the boundaries of clothing and seeped into the realms of accessories too! Dress up a plain denim and tee look with an Ikat and leather satchel, while you can add a fun twist to your LWD (Little White Dress, silly) by pairing it with Ikat print satin pumps. Throw in a bright Ikat scarf here or an earthy tote there and your Ikat-ised accessories can save the day for you!

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