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Gold Cloths of Sumatra: Indonesia's Songkets from Ceremony to Commodity

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Songket textiles are gleaming prestige cloths created when hand-loom weavers add metal-wrapped threads across the weft to build up intricate motif bands of geometric and botanical designs. The supplementary wefts are gold-wrapped silk or fine cotton yarns; silver-wrapped threads are also found in some of Indonesia s old songket weaving regions. Employing a weaving techniqu ...more
Paperback, 137 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Kitlv Press
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Susan Rodgers (1949) is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Asian Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Her 1978 PhD from the University of Chicago concerned images of the modern in Angkola Batak ritual oratory. Since 1985 her research has dwelt on the linked politics and aesthetics of southern Batak print literatures and literacies, from the late Dutch c ...more
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