Fortunate1 Home Fabrics
Fortunate1 Home Fabrics
Starting with classic motifs, we create unique color palettes at our California studio, then work with rural Indian artisans who weave our ideas into modern, stylish and colorful textiles. Our fabrics are made the same way they have been for centuries, dyed and woven by hand, in limited quantities, and without the use of harsh chemicals or even electricity. Fortunate1 Fabrics are uniquely ours - you won’t see them anywhere else.
Purchasing a product made with our fabric means that you are providing these weavers with steady employment at a living wage. This allows more people to remain in their native communities instead of moving away from immediate family to work in a large urban factory, often for very little wage in poor working conditions.
What is Ikat?
You may notice many Fortunate1 Home fabrics are woven using a process called "Ikat." But what exactly is ikat, and for that matter, how is the word pronounced?
Although used more to describe a specific type of pattern than a process, true ikat (ee-khat) is a resist dyeing technique that originated in Southeast Asia and is still common in India, Turkey, Indonesia and Japan. The word comes from the Malaysian, “mengikat” which means to tie. Ikat differs from other resist dyeing techniques, such as tie-dye and batik because the yarn is tied off and dyed before the yarn is woven. This results in a pure pattern on both sides of the finished fabric.
Some ikats are made by dying the yarn on the warp (the yarn on a loom that runs top-to-bottom) and some are dyed on the weft (the yarn that runs left-to-right). Japan is known for double-ikats, where the pattern is dyed on both the warp and the weft and then the two are woven together to make an even more intricate pattern.
The short video below walks through the process from dyeing the yarn through weaving the fabric. (Can you spot the “chai guy” cooking up fresh tea for the weavers?)
What is Jacquard?
Some Fortunate1 Home products also feature Jacquard. Jacquard weaving was invented in the 18th century by Joseph Marie Jacquard. It represents the most important invention in textile design and is even considered to be a precursor to the first computer. Like early computers, Jacquard looms use "punch-cards" which represent the design that will be incorporated into the woven fabric.
This short video from the Victoria & Albert Museum explains the process in more detail:
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