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All about Ikat Fabric

March 11, 2014

IKAT is a technique that creates a very special pattern by choosing individual sections of the thread as the loom is being set up. The end result is unique to this technique and a gorgeous visual addition to our new Blue Fish Bee Blossom collection.

If you think about how a pattern is created, you might picture a printing scenario where designs are stamped onto a piece of fabric using dyes or paints. That’s how block-printed cotton fabrics are made. With ikat the threads are dyed before they are woven into textiles, which takes a whole lot of skill!

The word ‘ikat’ (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat,’ or ‘to tie,’ because the loose threads are tied into bundles using wax-treated cotton to pinpoint where the dye is able to color the thread – a refined type of tie-dye. What this means is that the weaver has to figure out where on the loose threads the dye should and shouldn’t go, in order for it to form the desired pattern on the loom. Because of the time and skill involved in weaving ikat, some cultures believe the cloth is imbued with magical powers. Bonus!

 






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Size Guide

WHAT SIZE AM I?

Blue Fish sizing is uniquely ours. We have developed this system to fit many body types, shapes, & heights comfortably. Here is the Blue Fish size chart and its traditional size equivalent:

00 – only available in select styles. fits up to size 6

0 – fits up to size 10

1 – fits ups to size 16

2 – fits up to size 22

3 – only available in our studio tees & some tunics. fits up to size 26

O/S – one size that fits most customers

Remember that each style is unique & has different measurements--please check the size chart on your item of interest for exact measurements! One style may fit you differently than other styles you have worn before and we strongly recommend checking the measurements before making your purchase.

 

You might wear a combination of sizes depending on your body shape and how you prefer the drape of your clothing. For instance, you might wear a size 0 pants and a size 1 top. If you prefer looser, more flowy clothing, size up--if you prefer more fitted pieces, choose those closer to your actual measurements. We provide measurements for each style so you can find the best fit for the way you like to wear your Blue Fish.  

If you ever have questions about the fit of our clothing, just give us a call! We will help you find the specific styles that will work best for you. Call us at 800.395.4566 M-F from 9-5 CST to speak to our personal shoppers. You can also email us with any questions at service@bluefishclothing.com.

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