In Songket, gold and silver threads are woven into the cloth to create complex motifs of birds, butterflies and flowers. Sometimes they use so much gold & silver that the underlying cloth is barely visible.
Endek, or weft ikat is another common method used in Bali. In weft ikat weaving, the weft threads are dyed to create the design and then woven with plain warp threads. These cloths are recognizable by their abstract designs and bright colors.
Although by far the least common form of weaving to be seen in Bali, Geringsing, or double-ikat, is perhaps the most sought after. With this technique, both the warp and weft threads are dyed to their final designs before being woven together. With the exception of certain areas in India and Japan, this weaving technique can only be found in the small village of Bali Aga in Tenganan, East Bali.
If you would like to see ikat being woven visit the Cili Weaving Center, Jalan Ciung Wanara, Gianyar.
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