Minangkabau Looms and Textiles

Run Time: 20:52

A presentation of some of the historic textiles and weaving techniques of the Minangkabau region in Sumatra. Chris Buckley and Sandra Sardjono discuss songket textiles decorated with gold and silver thread, and the traditional weaving method involving pattern selection with bamboo sticks. They also discuss how Minang weavers are adapting their patterning techniques to meet the demands of the modern world. Finally, they share evidence of an Indian loom technique that seems to have crossed the ocean to Indonesia in the distant past. The content of this video has now been published as a paper (pdf free to view and download) in the journal Fiber, Loom and Technique.