Songket: Malaysia's Woven Treasure

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, 1990 - Design - 204 pages
Songket, a rich luxurious ceremonial fabric woven at one time for the exclusive use of the local royalty, is today organized as a cottage industry in Eastern Malaysia that produces the fabric exclusively for use at weddings and state functions. In this pioneering study of songket, Selvanayagam provides a fascinating historical survey of the cloth, including its uses, weaving techniques, design structure, and offers a full description of the complex register of motifs and patterns ornamenting the surface.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


The Uses of Songket
The Technique of Songket Weaving
The Design Structure of Songket

6 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1990)

Printed textile designer, presently teaching art and art history appreciation at La Salle School of Art and Music, Singapore

Bibliographic information