Recently I found an amazing vintage 1940s cotton fabric that is an exciting 10 uncut yards. Now that's some serious yardage!
Ikat designs are most commonly used for silks and taffetas. A shadowy, and almost but not quite out-of-focus effect is created by dying the "warp" thread before threading the "weft" into the warp. (warp and weft are what make up fabric, by weaving over and under)
This particular 1940s vintage fabric has a printed purple-mauve and white plaid, and an "ikat" garland of roses.
The ikat of the roses against the standard printing of the plaid makes a stunning combination.
vintage Rose Plaid fabric at Revival Fabrics