Cantiknye baju dari kain songket! Dah lame teringin nk ade baju kain songket, tapi tak pernah beli kain songket sepanjang hidup 26 tahun. isshhhh.. suke tgk org pakai, tp tak beli. Baru2 ni, umie bagi kain yg corak lebih kurang songket, tp sbenanye kain sutera tenun India. Memang cantik sgt2 dan aku suka gile sgt2! Dah pening2 sbb banyak sgt pilihan warna, aku pilih warne maroon. Rase2 nnt nak jahit baju mcm gambar baju songket putih/cream kat atas tu. Boring la kalau buat Kebaye. Boleh la pakai nanti Raye!
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.
The term songket comes from the Malay/Indonesian word sungkit, which means "to hook". It has something to do with the method of songket making; to hook and pick a group of threads, and then slip the gold threads in it. Some says that the word songket was derived from songka, a Palembang cap in which gold threads was first woven.
The historical records of use of gold thread in Indonesia and Malaysia is somewhat sketchy. Songket weaving is historically associated with areas of Malay settlement, and the production techniques could have been introduced by Indian or Arab merchants. It is not certain as to the songket's place of origin, however according to Kelatan tradition this weaving technique came from the north, somewhere in the Cambodia-Siam region and expanded south into Pattani, and finally reach the Malay court of Kelantan and Terengganu as early as 1500s.  The weaving of songket continues as a small cottage industry on the outskirts of Kota Bahru and Terengganu. However, Terengganu weavers believe that songket weaving teachnique was introduced to Malaysia from India through Sumatra's Palembang and Jambi where it probably originated during the time of Srivijaya (7th to 11th century).