@Monika - I think it's interesting that Ikat has ritual meaning for some cultures, but you can go to the fabric store and buy imitation Ikat fabric by the yard.
I almost feel like the imitation fabric used for fashion is disrespectful to cultures that consider Ikat important. Obviously Ikat fabric isn't used for any kind of ritual purpose when it's made into a shirt for mass production.
Also, I think it kind of cheapens the labor of people who still take the time to produce real Ikat fabric. I feel like the mass produced fabric takes business directly away from people who sell real Ikat.
I know we live in a culture of mass production, but sometimes I wish we would have a little bit more respect for other cultures instead of for the almighty dollar!