“Ikat” is a term that describes a special textile dyeing technique that is used to create beautiful, unique patterns. Ikat is an intricate, delicate process that involves hand-dyeing patterns into individual threads, prior to fabric weaving.
So why is this ancient tradition good news for our animal friends? A company called Push Pull Cambodia uses the ikat technique to create stunning, original handmade vegan bags and purses under the basik 855 label.
Push Pull Cambodia was founded by Daniel Flickinger in 2009 after his inspirational first visit to the heart of traditional ikat country: Cambodia. Flickinger’s company ethically employs Cambodian weavers to construct accessories and some home décor items, geared toward the contemporary fashionista.
Although some people may find it hard to resist trendy designers’ newest collections, we should all take a minute to consider the horrors of the leather industry and what we can do to stop them. Push Pull Cambodia’s designs are just one more option for cruelty-free fashion.
Post written by former PETA Asia intern Meaghan Hiller