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Songket Symbolism
  Artistry & Technical Exploration
Behind the beautiful creation of Songket is a rich heritage that spans many centuries in the Malay peninsula. Perhaps, the most glorious era of songket is during the supremacy of the Malacca Malay Sultanate Empire in the 15th and 16th century.

During this period, trade in textiles were active, especially when Malacca had established itself as the richest trading seaport in the region with profusion of wholesale merchandise that can be found around the world.Fine silks, brocades, cotton textiles, European damasks, Indian kain pelekat (a cotton sarong), Chinese satins were found in abundance and constantly shipped to Malacca to fill the demands from both the locals and the foreign traders.

Fashion, at that time, existed in the form of intricate motifs and patterns, handwoven onto the most expensive materials, and worn only by the royal families, high-ranking officials of the King's court and distinguished recipients of awards and titles.

Appreciation of beauty was the assimilation of nature into design. Adages, metaphors, proverbs and philosophy were reflected on the motifs with much wisdom. Spaces, gaps between motifs and even number of motif's repetition was of significance as it conveys the unity of the community.

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