Saturday, January 14, 2017

Songket, The Regal Heritage


Songket is a traditional Malay fabric, hand woven by inserting gold or silver thread in between silk or cotton weft or latitudinal threads of the main cloth, using a flat needle or cuban. The songket goes through eight stages before it becomes a piece of fabric.

As weavers are usually from rural areas, it is not surprising that the motifs featured are very much nature inspired, from local flowers, fruits and plants. The use of special harmony, balance, rhythm, repetition and sizes of the motifs express a high level of artistic achievement.

Above stamp issue by Pos Malaysia features the following four songket designs :

Pucuk Rebung Gigi Yu - This bamboo shoot pattern has a very stiff, disciplined effect, forming a wavy, indented edge like that of shark's teeth. It is one large, complex design of floral motifs, with overall effect one of integration and harmony.

Bunga Bertabur Pecah Lapan - This scattered pattern of repeated motifs produces a beautifully harmonising coverage, balance and visual beauty of the cloth. The flower motif has eight separated petals, meeting in a distinct centre.

Pucuk Rebung Gigi Yu dan Bunga Kayohan - Another bamboo inspired design with rows of flower motifs intricately patterned in the centre. It is a very distinctly traditional and uniform pattern that lends a majestic feel to the fabric.

Teluk Berantai Bunga Pecah Empat - This pattern can be woven in some ten distinguished patterns. The solid chain is woven in gold thread, with the centres of the chain filled with flower motifs with four separate petals to produce a softer, lace-like appearance.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 29 Apr 2005
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

The National Textile Museum showcases the origins, development and techniques of local textiles and the role they have in the rich and diverse heritage of Malaysia. This museum is housed in a Moghul-Islamic architecture historical building, which was gazetted as a historical building in 1983.

It is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; free admission.

Closed on first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.

Address : 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50500 Kuala Lumpur

Phone : +603 2694 3457 or +603 2694 3461


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