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Word of the Day – Ikat

By September 18, 2021Word of the Day

Ikat (noun)


Fabric made using an Indonesian decorative technique in which warp or weft threads, or both, are tie-dyed before weaving.

1930s Malay, literally ‘fasten, tie’.

Example sentences

“They wore ikat robes.”

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