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Note To Collectors (Part 3)

Taking Care of SongketStorageSongket must be properly stored to protect the fabric from the many factors that could caused its degradation. The storage options depends on the size of the songket and storage space availability. Routine inspection shou

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Note To Collectors (Part 2)

Note To Collectors (Part 2)Songket Display IdeasOwning a Songket is a proud legacy, not just kept to oneself but to be shared its history and beauty with others. Here are a few display ideas that could be helpful when figuring the best way to include

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Note To Collectors (Part 1)

Note To Collectors (Part 1)In the eyes of the less well-informed, songket buying is a choice to be made based on the sum of gold threads that spread on the cloth. Partly true. But if you wish to acquire a true masterpiece, here are some unique charac

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Design Structure & Pattern Arrangements (Part 3)

Design Structure & Pattern Arrangements ( Part 3)In A third group of patterns is the corak berjalur which is the striped of banded group of patterns. In this group are the vertical weft stripe (corak melintang) and the horizontal weft stripe (cor

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Design Structure & Pattern Arrangements (Part 2)

Songket patterns may be categorized in a number of ways.Generally they may be classified into seven main types of patterns:Songket bunga penuh (overall or full pattern)Songket bunga bertabur (spotted or scattered pattern)Songket corak berjalur (strip

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Design Structure & Pattern Arrangements (Part 1)

Before getting to understand what basically comprises a songket design and pattern, it is best to know that the Malay artists and craftspersons are very aware of space presentation and balance.Instinctively, harmony and scheme of patterning play very

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Songket Symbolism

Behind the beautiful creation of Songket is a rich heritage that spans many centuries in the Malay peninsula. Perhaps, the most glorious era of songket is during the supremacy of the Malacca Malay Sultanate Empire in the 15th and 16th century.During

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Historical Origin & Traditional Uses

Historical Origin & Traditional UsesMuch documentation is still hazy about the origins of the songket fabric and weaving techniques. Several theories were written by historians in an effort to narrow down songket weaving point of origin. Songket

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Weaving Processes

Weaving ProcessesThe weaving songket can be divided into a list of processes.STEP 1 - Rekabentuk (Designing)Planning the design and pattern structure of the songket to be woven.STEP 2 - Mencelup (Dyeing)Dyeing the hanks of threads on to the bobbins.S

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Artistry & Technical Exploration

Artistry & Technical ExplorationTuck away in the southern west fringe of South China Sea, in a humble village of Chendering, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, housewives and young girls weave songket in their backyard as a tradition. This is the home w

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