Mallorca is the only place in Europe that still produces ikat cloth.' Telas de Lenguas'- the 'Cloth of the Flames', is a direct descendant of the rich silk ikats that traveled from central Asia along the silk road and found their way to trading ports in Mallorca.
Ikat is a dye resist method. Depending on the desired pattern, warp threads are tightly tied off at corresponding intervals and prepared for the dye bath. The dye will not penetrate where the threads have been tied.
The prepared and knotted warp threads are dyed in a dye bath.
The binding ties are cut and dyed threads are hung out to dry for three or four days.
The finished dyed warp threads are then manually wound onto a warping machine before being woven.
Warp threads on the warping machine ready to be woven.