Sat Jun 4 20:45:45 2011
Welcome to the Rumah Tenun Pusako, Pandaisikek!This is the place where you will find the finest songket in town. The house is one of the first establishments in this business, and true to its aim, the preservation of old songket techniques and designs, keeps a high standard of quality.
Pictured above is a sarung woven in Pandaisikek about 1980, using natural silk for supplementary weft patterning. Metallic thread was much more prevalent as patterning material, and the use of silk was initially introduced by Mr. Bakri who headed the West Sumatran Office of Industry at the time. It has then become more popular and accepted as the best material for songket weaving, especially for the weft and warp.
Kain balapak, is a very specific type of songket woven in Pandaisikek. The whole piece is covered by metallic gold threads that make the cloth rather heavy; but as this type of songket usually adorns a bride at her wedding day, the significant weight is forgivable.
This particular motif is called "Tampuak Manggih," one of the motifs that enjoyed prolonged popularity during the first phase of songket booming around 1975-1990. Some other popular motifs in this era are Balah kacang, Kunang-kunang, Saik kalamai, Buah palo, Barantai merah, Barantai putiah and many others.
Another example of balapak piece, newly woven, and just revived from among the coffers of antiques. Although fashion demands lighter material with moderate use of gold threads, heavy weaving like this is still on demand. Those who order songket for an Adat ceremony will ask for balapak.
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