According to the Palembang Customs, a songket symbolizes the majesty and greatness of an Individual. Therefore, each color, motifs and other decorative patterns servesdifferent meanings. For example the color red means braveness and golden yellow means wealth and greatness. Formotifs such as Bungo Cino are usually used by women of chinese descent, as for Bungo Pacis for women of Arab and Indian descent.

There are approximately 35 Palembang songket motifs that can be grouped based on the variety of its decoration. Namely lepus, flower motifs and mixed motifs. The method of Songket is made by the sungkit method in which the weaving thread is attached and pinched to enter the gold thread. The making process itself would take a long time, usually about 1 month for each songket. Traditionally songkets are made by young girls who are to be wed or middle aged mothers while waiting for prayer time.

If you want to find special songkets, you can find them at Sentra Songket Tanggo Buntung. There you can find songket fabrics raging from hundred thousands to millions of rupiah. Additionally, the market sells other typical items of Palembang such as jumputan cloth, tanjak, wallets from songket fabric and other souvenirs. Also you may find stores that are making songket fabrics on the spot with traditional looms.

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