Bali Photo Diary: Ikat

Apr 4, 2011

I may have been absent for a few days from the Blogosphere, but the reason is that I have been in Ubud and Bali, Indonesia. Ubud is a beautiful, lush town full of art, shopping, and culture. Large green rice fields and flowing rivers add to the picturesque place. My family and I stayed at the gorgeous Amandari Resort, which Harper's Bazaar UK  called, "Wonderfully tranquil." The hotel is styled after a beautiful Balinese village, combining luxury and traditions. Everyone in Ubud was so kind and lovely-overall, it was incredible trip. 
One of the many highlights of my trip was seeing the stunning fabrics in Ubud. Laid neatly on tables in every shop, the prints, fabrics, and styles of the cloth I saw were all astounding. Batik and Ikat are two types of printing done to fabrics that are a large part of Indonesian culture. Batik-originated in Jakarta-is a cloth which uses a wax-resistant dyeing technique, while Ikat, originated in India-is a type of weaving using a resist dying process. I saw both these techniques used on Sarongs, bags, and scarfs-plus I couldn't help buying a few of these pieces for myself from the marketplaces I went to:

Batik on Cotton Scarves
Batik on Cotton Sarongs
Batik on Silk Scarves
Ikat on Woven Silk
Batik Being Made at a Factory
Ikat on Cotton



These amazing fabrics have also been a huge trend on the runway and in shops this season:

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I've also seen beautiful Ikat prints on the runway:
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What do you think about Ikat and Balinese influence on fashion? I believe Indonesian fashion is truly making a large impact on the fashion world. 

-M

22 comments

  1. Beautiful photos, love the colors!

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  2. love the gorgeous prints and colours!
    I really want (need) to go to bali someday

    xx
    18candlesblog.blogspot.com

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  3. These fabrics are exquisite!
    -Bella (fashionforwardforever.blogspot.com)

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    xx

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  5. These are such beautiful fabrics, I love them! Indonesia is such a magical place, and I just LOVED the Ikat trend! I haven't stopped by your blog in ages, but I'm glad I did! Thanks for being such a dedicated follower, Meera!

    http://seven-inch-stilettos.blogspot.com/

    xx. VLM.

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  6. I absolutely love this!

    i'd love us to be blogfriends! my blog ishttp://laurenandpierre.blogspot.com/

    please do check it out!

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  7. Thanks for your lovely comment, I do love your blog and I follow you ;)

    Bye bye,
    Edoardo.

    Fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com

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  8. Bali and Ubud are amazing places!!
    i had a lovely time there in 2009, and i really loved the batik art there, bought myself a wall painting.
    Batik has a very strong influence in indian fashion and art, here we have developed our unique batik style, the basis of which is the balinese batik art.

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  9. I love scarfs and this is heaven :)

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  10. Thanks for your comment on my blog! x

    I love all these prints and textiles! I'm still lusting over those Gucci ikats!

    xo Antonia

    www.liveglamordie.com

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  11. I saw the most amazing ikat dress at Banana Republic, definitely love the print! this is such a well-written post meera, I will ALWAYS love your blog!! how cool that you got to travel there and see it first hand :)

    xoxo

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  12. of cours it has a great influence. They make alot of the material!
    Would love to have you as a follower

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  13. Amazing inspirations, I love all the scarves... the fabrics are so pretty and delicate!

    <3

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  14. For someone that is so young, you certainly have a very deep and profound appreciation for fashion. I can feel it in your posts :) would love to follow you.

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  15. Hi Meera, nice to find your blog and read your lovely post about Ikat. I am product designer lived in Bali and recently making some collection of handmade Ikat product. Please take a look at www.dexignjunkie.com. Thanks

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  16. Beautiful pictures, love ikat!

    xoxo
    Stella

    http://www.jadore-fashion.com/

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  17. Thanks so much for following my blog back :) Looking forward to more posts from you!

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  18. lucky! I need to leave this country and explore! the batik print looks so beaufiully complex. Ikat has always been a favourite of mine!

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  19. hi dear
    what an amazing blog...
    if you want we could follow each other..let me know..
    btw look my post "VERYSIMPLE"..what do you think about it?
    xoxo2befab

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  20. WOW. looks like some of what ive seen in india. so so beautiful

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