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Malaysian Costume and Textiles: Kelingkan

Kelingkan

KELINGKAN is an embroidery technique that uses metallic ribbon. (In Sarawak, it is known as keringkam.) Before the embroidery work begins, the base fabric undergoes a starching process to stiffen it. Motifs may then be traced onto the fabric with a pencil. A wooden frame is used to stretch the fabric tightly before metallic ribbon is sewn through the textile repeatedly, in a stitch known as tikam tembus. Kelingkan embroidery can be done directly onto a piece of fabric, or in a patchwork style, whereby the embroidery is prepared on a different cloth, such as gauze before being transferred onto another fabric, such as satin or silk. Lastly, the embroidery is flattened with a smooth object, such as stone or cowry shell.

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