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Monday, January 23, 2012

Historic Patterns


As I leaf through my design magazines I have noticed an increase in the presence and popularity of Ikat (pronounced ee-kat) and Chevron patterns.  Both patterns have long histories, yet when I mention them to my clients, they often look a little befuddled.

The Chevron pattern is generally known for its use in military insignia and is a V-shape.  The number of chevrons on your badge indicates the length of service or rank. Ikat is an extraordinary fabric originally woven throughout Central Asia. It is very intricate and labor intensive as each strand of thread is individually dyed, then woven into stunning and vibrant patterns. The name Ikat symbolizes strength, beauty and resilience.  

I adore both patterns as they feel energetic to me.  Add vigorous colors, and it becomes a recipe for success.

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