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TENUN IKAT
 
The best known traditional Balinese cloths is ikat (a Malay word meaning to tie or bind), an ancient technique where a motif is dyed into the threads of a cloth before being woven. There are three types of ikat, two of which are found in Bali.

The first kind is "warp ikat", usually woven in silk. Found in many parts of Bali, it is usually used to make saput, outer sarongs, or the scarves worn on ceremonial occasions. The Indian patola textiles have influenced the designs and motifs, which the Balinese have redesigned with more abstract patterns, creating new variations.

Certainly the most famous ikat in Bali is the geringsing, only woven in a tiny village of
Bali Aga called Tenganan.

Here the ikat pattern is created in both the warp and welt threads. This process, known as "double ikat", is complicated, requiring both expertise and patience to align the two patterns.
 
 
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