Muslim going to celebrate their Aidilfitri New Year at this Friday. Aidilfitri fall on the first day of Shawwal month, it is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the month Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Recently they are busy with the final preparations before their New Year. The above photo is showing a selected type of traditional fabric that usually purchase by Malaysian Muslim using for making their New Year clothes.
SONGKET FABRIC (Source : Wikipedia)
Songket is a fabric that belongs to the brocade family of textiles. 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. The word menyongket means ‘to embroider with gold or silver threads’. Songket is a luxury product traditionally worn during ceremonial occasions as sarong, shoulder cloths or head ties.
Tanjak or Songket headdresses were worn at the courts of the Malay Sultanates. Traditionally Muslim women and adolescent girls wove songket; "some boys and men are also weaving today". Songket as king's dress was also mentioned by Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir writings 1849.Traditionally-patterned Sumatran textiles embody a system of interpretable emblems.
In Indonesia, songket is produced in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Bali, Sulawesi, Lombok and Sumbawa. In Sumatra the famous songket production centers is in Minangkabau area, West Sumatra, and Palembang, South Sumatra. In Bali, songket production villages can be found in Klungkung regency, especially at Sidemen and Gelgel village. While in the neighboring island of Lombok, the Sukarara village in Jonggat district, Central Lombok regency, is famous for songket making.
Outside of Indonesia, further production areas include the east coast of the Malay Peninsula and Brunei. Songket weaving is historically associated with areas of Malay settlement, and the production techniques could have been introduced by Arab and Indian merchants. Historically, production was located in politically significant kingdoms because of the high cost of materials; the gold thread used was originally wound with real gold leaf.
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pajaran (62566) 2010-09-05 21:59
Pozdrav, kod nas je rano hladno jutro i magla.
Dobar tekst, detalji, lepe boje i mnogo lepa fotografija.
Sve je spremno za praznik, lepo uredjen izlog sa lepim materijalima, dobar rad i ostrina.
Hello, here is the early morning cold and fog.
A good text, details, beautiful colors and a lot of beautiful photos.
Everything is ready for the holiday, beautifully furnished with a beautiful showcase materials, hard work and sharpness.
All the best.
Graal (103034) 2010-09-05 23:39
amazing patterns, good presentation and interesting informations. Nice complementary WS also. I like it.
Have a nice day.
humayun (2999) 2010-09-06 3:48
very decent and nice image.........
pov is nice also........
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-09-06 8:14
Interessante foto com estes padrões de cores e texturas , o WS está uma beleza , bonitas cores, bom efeito visual , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
abmdsudi (55670) 2010-09-06 8:24
Aidilfitri is around the conner and this songket image reminds me of the great occasion celebrated only once a year. I think the best hand woven songket in Malaysia comes from Trengganu, famous for its high quality material. Patterns of the main subjects and the foreground complement each other very well at closer look. Good natural in door light and nice tight framing. Excellent colors and saturation and above all lots of content to look at. Well done shot Ally, thks for sharing.
pally3100 (3413) 2010-09-06 9:53
hi dear Ally
very nice graphic picture with good colors and contrast
thanks for sharing Henri
peppe59 (14555) 2010-09-06 10:53
beautifulst colors and fantastic composition. salutes
jafadabret (56501) 2010-09-06 12:02
C'est une photo document qui illustre bien les coutumes du pays.
J'aime le graphisme et les couleurs.
pierrefonds (68171) 2010-09-06 14:36
The point of view is showing the details and colors of the design of the fabrics. The subject is well framed. The surrounding light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
adramad (46992) 2010-09-06 14:39
Very beautiful image with good graphics, the colors are stunning, the beautiful geometric wall drawing, provides a good contrast to the variety of colors and fabric designs.
An original work and excellent. Congratulations. TFS.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-09-06 14:49
like very much the patterns. It gives the shot a fine graphical looks. The colours are vibrant. Like also the depth and sharpness of this photo. Very well presented with a nice note. Tfs.
paura (47186) 2010-09-07 12:12
Fine geometric effect here. Great photo composition indeed.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-09-08 10:40
A framing very efficience for this orginal and cretaive idea. This image is nice, well coloured nad with a veryplesanat graphic effect.
Kielia (24077) 2010-09-09 2:23
a very strong composition, you have perfectly realized the artistic potential of the patterns!
What I also like is the amazing contrast of these strange colors. Excellent photo work and a very interesting note!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-09-09 9:31
Each culture respects its traditions. The Malaysians also and in the most beautiful way. Splendid geometrical graphics and pleasant neutral colors. A photo good made and interesting.
Have a nice day
gunbud (34066) 2010-09-09 20:51
Very interesting note to go with this fine display of intericate woven rugs.
The details and colors are excellent which shows well the painstaking craft and the pride of those who use such skills.
danos (99890) 2010-09-10 0:35
nice presentation of the traditional fabric wearing by Muslims.I like the the texture of the foreground floor as your informative note about the Songket fabric.
papagolf21 (103874) 2010-09-10 4:05
Bonjour, mon amie Ally,
Merci de nous éduquer d'une si belle façon. Je suis toujours admiratif par les réalisations de ce genre.
L'image est intéressante et bien réalisée.
C'est toujours un réel plaisir d'apprendre et de contempler.
Waylim (25502) 2010-09-10 16:57
I like it, it's full of the local flavor and it show the culture, the pattern, the color and the fabric of our live in that part of the wolrd. Very good composition and POV dividing perfectly between the folded fabric and the larger mosaic pattern on the bottom, almost like tiles. Beautiful colors and nice details.
I like it very much.
Urs (14082) 2010-09-10 17:23
After one week traveling, shopping and shooting in Southern Thailand we have returned to Alor Star and TE. Thanks for your critique of my blue hour shot, which is noisy, even I shot with 400 ISO only. Perhaps I did a mistake in editing, I do not know. Your shot is celebrating the end of Ramadan, very fitting indeed. Nice shot of Malaysian handicraft. Well done.
pablominto (53746) 2010-09-12 0:02
I notice the fine vivid colours and pleasant patterns!
An interesting composition to show this selection of fabrics, in an image that almost appears as abstract...
Colours are well reproduced, sharp fine details!
jmdias (65603) 2010-09-13 8:14
very nice dialogue between the shapes and colors of these typical tiles and the patters of the clothes. I liked the softness of the light, sharpness and the framing
Atousa (7131) 2010-09-20 8:24
A nice shot with good graphic n patterns.. like the way you framed it n the designs are very interesting.. thanks for the informative note as well.. good work!
Best regards, Atousa
tomi1 (2218) 2010-10-02 11:08
I appreciate tapestry. In Turkey is the second time I visit its manufacture. Perhaps I will never buy any of the turkish carpets having a dog running at home and sliding at the floor when excited. I photographed and taped. I ever like to see the women weaving. Finally I gave her a tip. Money that is immediately hidden under cloths. I like the people who are weaving but with sellers in Turkey carpets must be bargained. They push up the price. In my group at most only three persons bought carpets. When arrived to the hotel a portuguese man before going to the airport had one rolled saying to me the amount they were asking him. So he showed more than one thousand euros and said he had no more money. They called him giving him the carpet which initially was around 30000 euros. But everybody amazed commented if he was telling the truth. I havwe no doubt. They will recover the loss in other visitants. This this another art of dealing. At shops when we bargain and bring more pieces decreasing the price saying both sides earn we really paid a high price however acceptable. The cloths have a very good quality and bouhgt mainly some t-shirts. Do people bargain in your country all the time? Well wordly is normal to try a disccount. I prefer to see the price labels. Have a good day. Your friend . Tomi
iainsp (2630) 2010-10-19 8:05
Whenever I look through your portfolio, the thumbnail of this shot catches my eye - so finally I have toi comment on it. The tapestries are great, but what gets me every time is the floor - wonderful colours and geometry. great shot, thanks, Iain
kato (11630) 2011-08-22 7:46
I saw a lot of attractive fabric in Malaysia and Indonesia, so it's used by costume, table cloth and curtain etc,. I was suprised that there are a variety of patterns/colors, I think it to be valuable work to improve one's standard of living though it is thought that there is both of making with hand-woven and the machine.
- Copyright: Ally Theanlyn (shevchenko) (20548)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-28
- Categories: Festivals, Artwork
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/25 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-05 19:27
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