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This sarung, woven as a copy from an original songket brought to us by a customer from Koto Gadang, employs discontinuous supplementary weft patterning technique. The metallic thread does not go from selvedge to selvedge, but warps back and forth within a single pattern. The gold threads are carried in small spindles called tingau instead of bamboo spindles in shuttles, used in balapak type songket.

This sarung like the one above, also belongs to the type bacatue or batabue. The fact that the patterning metal threads are discontinuous is usually regarded as the distinguishing factor that separates bacatue from balapak type of songket.

Actually, the word catue, or catur in Bahasa Indonesia, comes from Sanskrit, meaning four. It refers to the arrangement of four figures, or patterns, placed so as to make a square or rhombus. The body of the sarung is filled with flower or diamond shapes arranged in this way. The material becomes lighter, and the color of the weft is prominently displayed.

In balapak type songket, on the other hand, very little ground color shows through, and the whole surface is entirely covered with golden pattern bands, giving it the spectacular glitter and royal appearance.