Pande Sikek Minangkabau Songket

Pande Sikek, about 12 km from Bukit Tinggi, is well known for its songket. Weaving here is organised into a cottage industry.

Although the traditional ground colour has been red or black, dyers have engaged in a ‘romance’ with commercial dyes since at least the early 1900s. They use colours such as aqua, peach, lime green, light pink. Pande Sikek has taken innovation even further sometimes adding lace to the finished cloth.

cf Cita Tenun Indonesia. “Tenun”, KITLV – Jakarta, Jakarta, 2010
Sylvia Fraser-Lu, “Hand Woven Textiles of South-east Asia”, OUP, Singapore, 1988
Susan Rodgers, Anne Summerfield and John Summerfield, “Gold Cloths of Sumatra”, KITLV Press, Leiden, 2007