Songket weaving that is woven traditionally in Bali is very beautiful and was mostly as the dress of king and royal family in the past. The art of weaving songket was probably started after the trade between islands and even international was introduced, because one of the materials was imported such as golden and silver threads which are not produced in Bali before independence of Indonesia. It is probable also that this material already known since the arrival of Indian influence with Hindu tradition as India already produced such threads beside China.
As luxury cloth it was only owned by royal families and small number of rich people during the kingdom of Bali until 1945, when the independence of Indonesia, the distribution of wealth started to creeping among those diligent and hard workers. The relation between Bali with India already recorded since early Christian era, at other hand strong proof of relation between Bali and China was happened in 1265 AD, when one of Bali king married Chinese princess of Chung dynasty. It was probable that the introduction of gold and silver threads has happened since this year. The tradition of weaving in Bali has been known far before Christian era, so the process of weaving songket would have no new technical invention, but as the heritage of all people in the world.
As the name of traditional cloth the word songket is not only used in Bali, but also known as West Sumatra, near Bukit Tinggi at the village called Pandai Sikek, The Dayak Kalimantan, and Lampung province. The name is also used to refer more luxury woven cloth as contrasted with normal cloths. The use of songket in Bali beside what is mentioned above is for the dressing of traditional dances. Some type of dances in Bali wear specific, unique and beautiful with the most luxury dressing. What is found today it is different, every one can wear the songket for any type of occasion of traditional events, temple rituals, or wedding attendant. Technology of weaving also develops, as the early work was not comfortable to wear, but with later process the result of the weaving more intact and smooth causing the edges of the threads more evenly arranged. It also makes the impression that the cloth pattern more natural then ever.
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Among various tour packages and tour options in Bali there are some tours which can be said always on the publications and interest a large part of travellers to Bali. Kintamani mountain tour sits at the first number as the most popular sightseeing tour, second is Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot tour, third is Uluwatu temple tour.
- Kintamani tour bring combination of watching barong dance, beautiful temple architecture, beautiful natural views, dance, carving, accessories and painting see description
- Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot temples are two historical heritages from 17th, Taman Ayun palace temple which is always found near palaces of Balinese king starting 18th century see description
- Uluwatu temple located on steep drop cliff on the southernmost tip of Bali island. see description