Friday, April 01, 2016

Word of the day: ikat

The word of the day is ikat:
  1. a method of printing woven fabric by tie-dyeing the warp yarns (warp ikat)the weft yarns (weft ikat) or both(double ikat) before weaving.
  2. a fabric made by this method.

"'Hearing the aspirants to the Presidential nomination who traversed the corridors of the exposition halls in Paris yesterday, one could sometimes find oneself in doubt that it was indeed the Salon de l’Agriculture 2016 that they were visiting, and not the 2017 edition,' Le Figaro asserted. The politicians knew that things would be tense. It was interesting to imagine them waking up at dawn on the mornings of their Salon visits, steeling themselves to walk the gantlet of éleveurs—of eye-patched Abondances and woolly Salers; of Basque pigs with their ikat hides—certain that they were in for abuse, the only question being how much, and whether they could withstand it."

 - Lauren Collins, "Come to the fair: the food-and-booze fest that is France's national agricultural exhibition", 4 April 2016 The New Yorker (

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