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Ikat

 

a mountain range in Transbaikalia. Elevations, 1, 8002,000 m; maximum, 2,573 m. The range is more than 200 km long and is composed primarily of metamorphic schists and granites; flat peaks are typical. On the lower part of the slopes is mountain forest-steppe (up to 800–900 m on the western slope), higher is larch taiga (up to 1,200 m on the northern slopes and up to 1,700 m on the southern slopes), and yet higher are thickets of dwarf cedar pine and mountain tundra.

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Large numbers of weavers here are engaged in creating variety of Ikkat fabrics, which is a lengthy craftwork that requires fixing of the design and pattern before the warp and weft are coloured.
She said the strength of Indian handicrafts and handloom fabrics can be seen in a diverse range of Kanjivaram of Tamil Nadu, Bandhej of Rajasthan, Kantha and Jamdani of West Bengal, Paithani or Maharashtra, Chanderi of Madhya Pradesh, Pochampalli of Andhra Pradesh, Benarasi of Uttar Pradesh, Ikkat of Orissa and Muga of Assam.
She mixed checkered and ikkat prints in black and white with bright patches of handprinted cloth in blues, reds and purples.