Splendor of “Songket” in Freeze-Dried Mangosteen (“Garcinia Mangostana L”) Dye


In the past, dyeing Songket with natural dye was the traditional technique used among the Malay dyers in Peninsular Malaysia to express its brilliant colour, natural beauty and aesthetic value of the fabric. The integral processes involved had contributed to the uniqueness of this traditional textile in the Malay culture. However, the activity slowly began to diminish due to its tedious processes and the introduction of synthetic dyes into the country. This research was conducted to determine the suitability of natural dye invented through the scientific freeze-drying method and woven with the songket technique. As a result of these two approaches, a textile creation characteristically harmonious within the contemporary context of the Malay culture was successfully produced.

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Basitah Taif, Mara University of Technology, Malaysia

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Conference: ACAH2013
Stream: Arts & Humanities

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