Thursday, August 12, 2010

Assuit & Songket?

During our class visit to the "Sumatra: Isle of Gold" exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) I was greatly intrigued by the Middle Eastern/Islamic influences in the South East Asian artworks, most particularly the calligraphy and more notably the Songket, which immediately made me think of Assuit. But I can't quite readily find sourced information that supports the link, via India or if it's "influenced by Indian traditions". More research to be done later...
"Tulle-bi-telli, also known as Assuit after the region where it is made, is a textile marrying cotton or linen mesh with small strips of metal, with its origins dating back to Ancient Egypt. The name translates roughly as "net with metal"

Songket is a fabric that belongs to the brocade family of textiles of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. 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."

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