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 in regards to the sudden comeback of ikat, and he explains how the material has gained recognition for being very straightforward 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 life-style trade 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
Properly, being a pleasant cloth doesn’t imply it could’t be utilized in luxurious clothes. Double ikat is pricey and takes nearly 6 months to a yr to make and likewise has limitations when it comes to designs. In response to Gautam, it’s used extra as a signature piece. This is the reason 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. “Prior to now 4 years, we’ve got labored much more on double ikat and created totally different patterns in double ikat as effectively which bought a optimistic response. The unique nature of double ikat makes it a luxurious and this is the reason we see the surge,” provides the designer.
The rising demand for ikat
Javed Anwar, a dealer from Asia’s largest readymade clothes/textile market, Gandhi Nagar is stunned on the sudden curiosity within the cloth. “We stopped stalking it some years in the past, however have re-stocked it now, because of a whole bunch of inquiries that we get each day,” claims the dealer.
Javed caters to among the very talked-about designers within the metropolis and credit Bollywood stars for making the material so widespread. “All actresses are sporting the material and native tailors are producing Bollywood replicas usually, that explains the recognition,” he provides.
(Athiya Shetty’s ikat maxi gown by Saaksha & Kinni)
Bollywood has contributed to the ikat revolution Gautam agrees with Javed when he says, “From Sonam Kapoor’s outsized printed ikat gown to Deepika Padukone ikat sari and Alia Bhatt’s ikat gown – all of the divas have made trend statements sporting ikat. One can not ignore the affect of Indian actors on trend and ikat has been promoted periodically by them.”
“Demand for each single and double ikat is sweet and anticipated to get higher with design intervention and enlargement of its utilisation. After 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 reasonably priced 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 taking part in 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 degree that it could’t be dethroned now.
Designer Madhu Jain has been tagged as ‘the primary girl of Ikat’ for her elaborate work with the material, in truth she additionally launched the world to Bamboo Silk Ikat. The brand new textile, which is the results of 14 years of onerous work and in depth analysis achieved by the legendary designer.
The longer term is vibrant
Gautam feels the way forward for the material may be very vibrant as by nature it seems to be modern and there’s no different weave or craft which blends into the brand new age trend so effectively.
“Ikat will all the time have a powerful presence in international trend. It is going to be utilized in alternative ways to interpret designers’ ideas. From weaving to print the artwork is irresistible,” indicators off Gautam.