Ikat, or ikkat, is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. In Ikat the resist is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The yarns are then dyed. It is an ancient craft and is dominated by the people from the Meher community of Orissa. The patterns on the fabric can range from basic circles to elaborate paisley designs. Depending on how the warp and weft threads are aligned together. The pattern can be either sharp or have a blurred effect. For silk Ikat, a gentle wash by hands or dry cleaning is recommended. For cotton Ikat , a thorough wash in the washing machine can be done or better still a dry cleaning session.