Lombok Songket

A melting pot of cultures are reflected in the weaving tradition of this island: ancient Javanese, Hindu, Balinese, Islamic and animistic.

The centre for songket weaving has been Sukarara, where weavers use a back-strap loom. The motifs tend to be geometric, floral, rosettes, zig-zag on a plain ground, but weavers also incorporate Balinese influenced motifs such as wayang figures.

Kain songket have been a must for weddings and ritual ceremonies.

cf Cita Tenun Indonesia. “Tenun”, KITLV – Jakarta, Jakarta, 2010
Sylvia Fraser-Lu, “Handwoven Textiles of South-East Asia”, OUP, Singapore 1988