Songket Batik Motif

atoopi

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Hey I would like to know the price range for haggling at the local textile market (outside the tourist zone) in Northern Sumatra for a Songket Batik Motif?. I'm looking for something very specific, with an Intricate Design, similar to a Persian rug (miniature detail, etc.). But I am not looking for anything gender-specific such as a dress or collared shirt, rather the fabric on its own, big enough so I can use it as a multi-purpose sarong or body wrap.

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Northern Sumatra (Medan and Toba) is somewhat cheaper than the other areas. It depends how detailed the work is, whether it's new or older, etc.

Assuming it's cotton and not silk: For a very high end piece my wife paid 1.5 Juta. For a more simple piece, it was 350.000 (see underneath). Which was already a good price for a handmade piece btw.
 

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atoopi

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Did you buy it in a retail shop? Or a wholesale place? Or like a textile market?

Looking for a brand new cotton or silk, depending on the deal and as detailed as they come.

Does your wife use it as a table cloth or a sarong?
 

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Northern Sumatra (Medan and Toba) is somewhat cheaper than the other areas. It depends how detailed the work is, whether it's new or older, etc.

Assuming it's cotton and not silk: For a very high end piece my wife paid 1.5 Juta. For a more simple piece, it was 350.000 (see underneath). Which was already a good price for a handmade piece btw.
I have come across authentic songket material in Palembang for 50 juta/1.5 meter. That has the silver or gold treads and decorations. The store we visited has maybe a thousand different songkets on hand ranging from 1 juta up. Amazing the families coming in looking for matching songkets for weddings and things. Songkets belong to South Sumatra. Have seen a number of them in Lampung but nowhere near what Palembang offers. Cheaper too but you get what you pay for.
 

atoopi

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Oh it sounds like I am looking for a batik then, because I only want to spend 200,000R (max).
 

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Yeah, probably.

Let’s say songket is brocade handwoven, while batik is a dyeing technique.

But there are also very expensive batik pieces.
 

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