SongketTraditional Court Dress
Songket is a supplementary weft technique, the motif being created in the base weave during weaving. The pattern is defined by 200 extra heddles. Each of these lifts only those warp threads under which the supplementary weft must pass at a given point in the design. As weaving progresses, the pattern heddle in use changes and the design develops. Paired songket are worn by both sexes as wedding attire or during tooth filing rituals.
The motif on this stunning songket made with all-natural dyes is a remake of a cloth found in the Courts of the old kingdom of Klungkung in the late 1800’s called bulan kayonan. Bulan means moon in Balinese and kayonan is the shadows that a forest throws in a full moon night.
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Supplementary weft patterning, two panels sewn together, silk threads used as base with cotton threads as patterning, natural dyes. Made in Bali, 2020.
200 x 103 cm /200 x 41 in
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