Ikat is a technique of resist dyeing the yarns prior to weaving the fabric.
To make an ikat fabric the resist (the area where the dye is prevented from reaching the cloth) is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The yarns are then dyed. The bindings may then be altered to create a new pattern and the yarns dyed again with another colour. When the dyeing is finished all the bindings are removed and the yarns are woven into cloth.
Because the surface design is created in the yarns rather than on the finished cloth, in ikat both fabric faces are patterned.
Loulou des Indes’ ikat fabrics are woven in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.