Songket Palembang


Songket is typically woven fabric that belongs to Malay ethnics of Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia. The word Songket is derived from some theories like from Malaysia is taken from the word Sungkit, which means to hook. Other says that it comes from the word Songka, a Palembang cap in gold threads that becomes the first woven. As we know, the making of Songket is including the way to hook and to pick a group of threads and slip the gold and silver threads in it.

Songket is a hand-woven fabric that made mostly from cotton or silk, with very intricately patterned of gold and silver threads and the use of metallic threads to stand out against the background cloth to create a shimmering effect.

History said that Songket is associated with some areas in Malay settlement around Sumatra, but the production techniques was introduced by Indian and Arab merchants that passed by at that time. In Indonesia, Songket is believed to be associated with Srivijaya Kingdom, during 7th to 13th century, that also bring the fact that Palembang is the greatest Songket producer in Indonesia, until recent times.

Looking at the genuine product of Songket, it is a luxurious textile that required some amount of real gold that needs to be made into gold threads. Those threads are the main ingredient to make exquisite fabrics.
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