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Mon, May 21, 2012 – by Kate Arcieri

Steal This Trend for Less! Ikat Pillows

Oscar de la Renta’s done an Ikat-inspired frock that will run you about $1,800. Stores like Macy’s and Sears have Ikat-inspired skirts on display that can be had for $50 or so. And shops from South Moon Under to Neiman Marcus are stocking many an Ikat-inspired scarf at prices from $16 to almost $600. Most traditionally an export of Uzbekistan or Indonesia, this textile that can best be described as tie-dye's more sophisticated cousin is swiftly becoming a must-have for the fashion forward. The trend toward using this resist style of dying has officially hit the mainstream.

What next? Well, it’s spilling over into home decor, of course. At the high end are incredible handcrafted pillows like those from Horchow, starting around $260, and the pillow above, made by Ankasa and available for $315 from luxury e-tailer Vivre. But while this linen confection is incredibly constructed it’s not the only way to embrace Ikat. A number of designers and brands are offering Ikat-inspired pillows at all price points, including Pottery Barn's version, which starts around $10, Grandinroad's, which begins around $20, and Z Gallerie's which starts around $40.

Or, if you want to spend a little time, but less money, you can get two pillows for the price of one by buying an inexpensive Ikat scarf and sewing it into pillow covers. Pick up a scarf for under $20 at Little Mango Imports, or around $30 at Urban Outfitters.

Grab two pillows you would like to re-cover. Lay the scarf across the first one and fold it over, then under. This should look like a greeting card with the pillow in the middle. Make sure the scarf is overhanging the pillow by at least an inch on each side, then cut the scarf to size. Do the same with the second pillow. Flip the scarf inside out so the patterned side is touching the pillow. Pin it in place on the three open sides, then sew by hand or with a machine all except for one half of one side. Slide the pillow out through the small opening (don’t be afraid to squish) then turn the cover right-side out. Squish that pillow back in, then tuck the un-stitched edge in and hand sew the remaining unfinished area. There you are—your own Ikat pillows, at a price you can't beat!