This magnificent range of textiles is handwoven on backstrap looms in Pringgasela, a village in the foothills of Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok. Pringgasela has been a traditional weaving village for generations. Their cloth has evolved over years with many changes in the style they produce. These textiles are some of the finest quality weaving found in Indonesia and their classic style easily crosses cultures and can fit into contemporary homes worldwide.
We regularly travel to this village and purchase our cloth through a weaving co-op called Songket Tradisi. Our good friend Ibu Anna who manages the co-op is responsible for ensuring quality of weaving and thread.
Songket Weave, also known as supplementary weave and floating weave is done on a backstrap loom that sits on the ground. The threads attach to a wooden panel that straps around the weavers back creating the tension required by the warp thread. The pattern is made by interweaving the warp and weft threads on the loom. Setting up the loom with the warp thread takes time and skill as one wrong thread will cause a fault throughout the entire piece. This type of loom produces cloth limited in width to the stretch of the weaver’s arms. Pieces are usually sewn together for wider, more useful cloth. One piece of cloth takes about 3-4 weeks to complete. The supplementary pattern often looks like embroidery.