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Men's Guatemalan Ikat Shirt

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Ikat is a complex weaving style in which motifs are created not just on the loom but also before the threads are even dyed. For our rich blue cotton shirt, Guatemalan weavers begin by wrapping thick skeins of thread at intervals according to traditional family patterns. This tie-dyeing is what creates the range of blue and natural colors in our woven shirt. The technique is far more time-consuming and sophisticated than traditional plain, striped, or plaid weaves. Features a patch pocket on the left chest. Handwoven in Totonicapán, Guatemala.


Men’s sizes M (38-40), L (42-44), XL (46-48).


100% cotton. Handwoven in Totonicapán, Guatemala.


Machine wash

Line dry only. Do not tumble dry.


Ikat is a type of weaving where the pattern emerges according to how the warp and weft threads are dyed. The name comes from a Javanese word meaning "to tie or bind," and it refers to the process of coloring the threads. Bundles of cotton, silk, or wool are either tied or painted with wax according to predetermined patterns. When the bundles are dipped in dye, the wrapped areas resist the color— similar to tie-dye. The bundles may be dyed, rinsed, dried, and re-dyed multiple times.


Then, as the threads are woven, patterns emerge in precise blocks of color, or soft blended patterns. In double ikat, both the warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) threads are dyed, a process that takes great skill and planning to envision the final textile.


Although the word has Southeast Asian origins, ikat is common in South America, too, especially among pre-Columbian indigenous cultures. Guatemala especially is known for its double-ikat woven cotton, which is often created on manual back-strap looms. Uzbekistan in Central Asia is famous for intricate silk ikat weavings that came to Europe and Japan via Silk Road traders. Because of the great time and skill involved, the most complex ikat fabrics are traditional symbols of prestige and power.


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Men's Guatemalan Ikat Shirt
 
2.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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        2.0

        Sizes run small

        By Joe

        from Virginia Beach, VA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Liked the color
        • Nice looking

        Cons

        • Fabric is rough
        • Shirt Cut Is Too Short
        • Sizes Run Short

        Best Uses

          Comments about Men's Guatemalan Ikat Shirt:

          Sizes run small. I usually wear Extra large in shirts of this type, but not sure if even a 2X would fit. It was a sale item, so I don't think I can return it. Was disapointed when I couldn't wear it.

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          • No
           
          4.0

          Great color and look!!

          By EAPsship

          from Brewton Al

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Nice feel and weight
          • Vivrant Blue Weave

          Cons

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              Comments about Men's Guatemalan Ikat Shirt:

              Casual wear will be great. It appears to run color a little on tee shirts,but I have not washed it yet.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Amazing shrinking shirt

              By John

              from Albuquerque, NM

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                    Comments about Men's Guatemalan Ikat Shirt:

                    Lots of compliments, then I washed it gently and dried it at low heat. Now I'd have to lose 20 lbs for it to fit again.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Incredible shrinking shirt

                    By XL R

                    from Austin, TX

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Men's Guatemalan Ikat Shirt:

                    I washed my shirt once and now it shrunk so much I can't wear it. I have given it to my wife.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Beautiful but Shrinks!

                    By Cap'n. Monkey Bones

                    from Lady Lake, FL

                    Comments about Men's Guatemalan Ikat Shirt:

                    I love Ikat garments and this shirt is made with truly beautiful fabric. The problem is that it shrinks badly, even when you follow the washing instructions! Strangely, it only shrank in length, so the Large became as short as a child's size. This was a deal-breaker and I had to return it.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    very nice shirt - great knit!

                    By leisure man

                    from sask, can

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High Quality

                    Cons

                    • No colour selection

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Men's Guatemalan Ikat Shirt:

                      casual wear/relaxation

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Not worth the Money

                      By Capt57

                      from Collierville, TN

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                      Pros

                      • None

                      Cons

                      • Changed a whole size
                      • Shrunk
                      • Washed as directed

                      Best Uses

                      • Dont buy it

                      Comments about Men's Guatemalan Ikat Shirt:

                      Though washed as directed this shirt shrunk from Medium to Small. Was never worn, but looked good in the catalog. Instructions for care are obvioulsy incorrect.

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