Old Superb Ceremonial Balinese hand woven textile Antique Burgundy Ceremonial Songket Brocade damask Embroidery with Metallic Gold Threads 51" x 8.25" (SG24) Collected in Negara, Bali & belonging to Nobility royalty 70 years old
MUSEUM PIECE. OLD BROCADE WOMAN WEDDING SONGKET BELT CALLED SABUK OR SETAGEN. HANDSPUN SILK, COTTON EMBROIDERY WITH METALLIC GOLD THREADS. BELONGED TO BALINESE ROYALTY / NOBILITY
SIZE: 51" x 8.25"
All handmade from the hand spinning to the hand weaving to the hand embroidered needlework: minute time-consuming intricate and perfect embroidery motifs! Takes long months to achieve, sometimes years! Never 2 of those prized cloths are alike!
We have sold these pieces in the $1,000.00's in the past. We are looking to retire and are starting to liquidate what is left in our private collection.
Songket is a fabric that belongs to the family of brocade textiles. It is hand woven in silk or cotton, and intricately patterned with gold or silver threads. The metallic threads stand out against the background cloth to create a shimmering effect. In the weaving process the metallic threads are inserted in between the silk or cotton weft (latitudinal) threads. The term songket comes from the Malay Indonesian word sungkit, which means "to hook". It has something to do with the method of songket making; to hook and pick a group of threads, and then slip the gold threads in it. The word menyongket means "to embroider with gold or silver threads".
Songket is a luxury product traditionally worn during ceremonial occasions as sarong, shoulder cloths or head ties. Tanjak or Songket headdresses were worn at the courts of the Malay Sultanates and nobility. Traditionally women and adolescent girls wove songket and traditionally-patterned textiles embodied a system of interpretable emblems to the few that were able to create them and wear them.
Few costumes in the world have the dignified elegance of the ceremonial costume of a noblewoman: the underskirt dragging on the ground in a train of silk and gold; the torso, bound from the hips to the armpits; first is a strong bulang, a strip of cloth covered by a sabuk, another strip of silk overlaid, and gold leaf and gold plugs through her ears.
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