MAKING SONGKET IN SIDEMAN, BALI

Some weaving techniques include extra warps or wefts. A songket weaver adds supplementary wefts as she weaves, picking out patterns that float above the cloth. The weaver creates her patterns by adding heddle sticks, which lift just a few warps for the supplementary wefts to pass beneath. Elaborate songket patterns can call for over a hundred heddles, which the weaver must raise and lower in perfect order.

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