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Indonesia, Bali ~ Weaver, 1910

Indonesia, Bali ~ Weaver, 1910

Songket - 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.    Photo by Hafiz Ismail

Songket - 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. Photo by Hafiz Ismail

Ikat from Timor-Barat, Timor, Indonesia

Ikat from Timor-Barat, Timor, Indonesia

Woman displays Ikat weaving

Woman displays Ikat weaving

Handspun cotton shawl ( ulos) - Ikat from Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia. This Ulos called Ragi Hidup (The parttern of life)

Handspun cotton shawl ( ulos) - Ikat from Batak, North Sumatra, Indonesia. This Ulos called Ragi Hidup (The parttern of life)

Ikat blanket from Timor-Barat, Timor, Indonesia, handspun cotton.

Ikat blanket from Timor-Barat, Timor, Indonesia, handspun cotton.

Balinese weaver, 1930s, photographer unknown.

Balinese weaver, 1930s, photographer unknown.

Ikat Blankets, Sumba Island, Indonesia

Ikat Blankets, Sumba Island, Indonesia

Ikat from Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia

Ikat from Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia

Ikat from Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia

Ikat from Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia

The making of Kain Tenun,  Flores, Indonesia

The making of Kain Tenun, Flores, Indonesia

Batak Ritual Cloth (Ulos-Ragidup), Sumatra, Indonesia, 19th C

Batak Ritual Cloth (Ulos-Ragidup), Sumatra, Indonesia, 19th C

Proud weavers: Members of the Threads of Life weaving group from Bliran Sina in Maumere, Flores show off their work. (Ph...

Proud weavers: Members of the Threads of Life weaving group from Bliran Sina in Maumere, Flores show off their work. (Ph...

Selimut (blanket) - Cotton Ikat from Nage Keo, Flores, Indonesia

Selimut (blanket) - Cotton Ikat from Nage Keo, Flores, Indonesia

Lining up: A Sumbanese weaver works on a supplementary pattern. (Photo courtesy of Threads of Life)

Lining up: A Sumbanese weaver works on a supplementary pattern. (Photo courtesy of Threads of Life)

sumatra songket-weaving

sumatra songket-weaving