Item description for Gold Cloths of Sumatra: Indonesia's Songkets from Ceremony to Commodity by Susan Rodgers, Anne Summerfield & John Summerfield...
Songket textiles are gleaming prestige cloths created when hand-loom weavers add metal-wrapped threads across the weft to build up intricate motif bands of geometric and botanical designs. The supplementary wefts are gold-wrapped silk or fine cotton yarns; silver-wrapped threads are also found in some of Indonesia's old songket-weaving regions. Employing a weaving technique that is hundreds of years old in Malaysia, Sumatra, coastal Kalimantan, and east Bali and nearby islands, songket artistry is a thriving, living, even expanding art form, as this textile type captures the attention of new markets in an Indonesian public culture that is both tradition-minded and obsessed with modernity and middle class success.
Gold Cloths of Sumatra combines the interpretive approaches of textile scholarship and cultural anthropology to explore songket aesthetics, as this remarkable shining gold cloth moves beyond ceremonial contexts to become a "hot item" as a marketable commodity, for sale as a heritage textile and collectible. Chapters focus on contemporary songket craft by Minangkabau, Palembang, and Jambi weavers, set against a background of nineteenth-century songket-weaving excellence. As commodities, present-day Sumatran songkets can show a high level of weaving creativity and technical brilliance, the expression of a resilient art.
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More About Susan Rodgers, Anne Summerfield & John Summerfield
Susan Woods Rodgers is co-pastor of Fullness of Joy Ministries Inc. and the first lady of New Dimensions Ministries. She serves as Director of Empowering Women Ministries, and host of the Empowering Women Conference. Susan feels a passionate call to help hurting men and women find the healing and abundant life that she found through the power of God's love. She is happily married to Adrian R. Rodgers, pastor of Fullness of Joy and New Dimensions Ministries. They have one son, Adrian Charles, and one daughter, Brianna Danielle, who are also active in ministry.