Ikat means “to tie” or “to bind”. The strings are tied together and dyed before they are put on the loom to weave. Sometimes the bundles are covered with wax to prevent some of the dye coming through. Then more bundles are dyed to get the right colors for that fabric. It dates back to the 15th Century and is still woven all over the world:, especially in Central and South America, India, Japan and Indonesia.