Palembang Songket

Songket is a fabric that belongs to the brocade family of 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 word “menyongket”, to embroider with gold or silver threads.

Songket is a luxury product traditionally worn during ceremonial occasions as sarong, shoulder cloths or head ties. Palembang songket have various names according their motifs, for examples, songket bunga melati, kemang pita, benang emas jantung, limar begadang, jando beraes, naman perak, etc. The main characteristic of Palembang’s songket are their special motifs, smooth and elegant compare to other songket.

There are full-complete songket, usually wear on wedding ceremonies, named Aesan Gede (kebesaran), Aesan Pengganggon (Paksangko), Aesan Selendang Mantri, Aesan Gandek (Gandik), etc.

Songket
Songket