Ikat is a very old tradition of tying and dyeing segments of threads before actual weaving. Ikat finds colorful expressions in almost every traditional culture as dowry shrouds, blankets and other status symbols of rank and privilege.
Narda, a gifted Bontoc weaver, revived the tradition in the Mountain Province of Northern Philippines designing and dyeing threads in vibrant colors ranging from subtle pastels to vivid earth tones. Each piece is hand-made as they have always been, long long ago.
It takes skilled hands many days to create this unique piece. Any irregular thread or making are characteristic of handwoven ikat.
NARDA’S is the only place in the Philippines where this ancient art is very much alive today in it’s contemporary versions