Ikat is an ancient wearing technique that seems to have independently sprung up in Indonesia, India, Central Asia and South America. Before weaving the fabric, master dye makers dye the yarn at alternate points of the skein using resist dye technique in alternate places along the length of the yarn skein. Then by separating the process they obtain a multicolor yarn that has been dyed in increments. When the fabric is woven, the Ikat pattern appears. Nowadays, there are imitation Ikat print fabrics from China sold for a few dollars a yard. However, nothing can surpass the original.