Tenun Ikat or Ikat weaving is a traditional Indonesia woven fabric. Ikat itself is an Indonesian word means thread or knot. Most of the regions in Indonesia have their own version of Tenun Ikat. Some of the regions that produce the most popular and beautiful Tenun Ikat designs are: Bali, Flores, Jepara, Lombok, Sintang, Sumba, Sumbawa, Timor, and Toraja. The process of making Tenun Ikat could be decribed in 4 steps:
- Dyeing the threads and arranging the threads neatly into the width of the desired fabric.
- Hooking the neatly arranged threads on the Plangkan and then binding the threads using rope.
- Making the ikat pattern by alternating the threads and colors.
- Unhooking the threads and bindings.