Songket comes alive onto walls and become immortalized as exhibits of exquisite value.
Tanoti’s past works include
The BANGSAR SERAI SERIES is commission by Bandar Raya Developments Berhad to commemorate the launch of Serai Bukit Bandaraya, a condominium project in Bangsar.
The brief from the client required us to produce a visualisation of Kuala Lumpur’s most cosmopolitan suburb, Bangsar. The end-product was to be showcased at the client’s launch of its premium condominium units, with the purpose of defining the identity and personality of Bangsar. June conceptualised a 3-piece set, representing Bangsar by dawn, day and dusk respectively. The Mondrian effect which runs as standard across the three pieces symbolises progressiveness, innovation and creativity of this urban melting pot, whilst having them injected with antique songket patterns such as the Malay pucuk rebung and bunga pecah lapan foretells of the strong culture and heritage still entrenched in this ultra-modern community.
This triple set is a result of fusing of 2 traditional textile techniques: batik and songket. The silk warp underwent an entire silk painting process before weaving commenced. We took approximately 3 months to complete this project – from conceptualisation to completion.
The couple were an American architect husband and a Malaysian wife, who although widely travelled, have chosen to make Kuching their second home. Building their new home was a labour of love, and many design areas within this property had gone through incredibly well thought-out processes. The couple challenged us to produce a wall centrepiece which had to incorporate the symbolic kingfisher as well as elements found in the house. At the border of this piece, we duplicated the same pattern found on the glass panels and lightings in the house; the coloured squares mimicked the luminous ceramic tiles of the swimming pool.
In constructing this piece, we first employed the batik resist painting technique on selected top and bottom sections in order to achieve a more fluid effect. Thereafter, in the weaving process, we had used Sarawak songket technique to finally unveil a dimensional unique piece of textile art.
This piece went through multiple rounds of consultation before we commenced production. Weaving alone took us 4 months.
We conceived of this piece to pay tribute to the rich and artistic indigenous people of Sarawak. In designing this piece, we had also intended to display our superior technical textile hand-crafting skills – those that would never be able to be duplicated by machine. The three techniques which were so adeptly executed by Tanoti weavers were batik silk warp painting, Sarawak songket weaving and sectional weaving.
This textile artpiece incorporated Iban pua designs as well as designs used by orang Ulu in their bamboo carvings. It was exhibited at the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts at University Malaysia Sarawak in November 2012 .
The colours of Sarawak formed the background to this piece. Strong and vibrant veins peppered with rich local motifs symbolise strength of the populace by virtue of its rich diverse makeup.
This is Tanoti’s experimental textile art piece, mingling various textile treatments : songket weaving, 3D effect through shrinking of elastic threads, and textile painting. We believe that this piece is truly the only songket artpiece ever produced to-date using the combination of the above 3 textile applications.
The magical mangosteen, the fruit which influences medicine and health, art and craft, poetry and philosophy. The queen of fruits, because of its distinctive crown; the same crown – the Tampuk Manggis – that is the inspiration of songket weavers for generations. The mangosteen tree, always tall and straight. Its long taproot system makes an adult tree impossible to transplant.
The Roots of Renaissance tells the story of strong roots giving life to a strong and ample mangosteen tree – abuzz with colour and activity. The artist relates her creation to her vision that songket, long entrenched in our heritage, shall soon bring about a rebirth to the world of textiles.
This artwork utilises a fusion of textile techniques : warp painting, ikat weft threads, three-dimensional yarn application and appliqué treatment. Each process entirely hand-crafted by the artisans of Tanoti, using fine filament silk and Lurex metallic threads. Weaving was completed within ten weeks, with 18-hours of weaving per day, on shift.
A collection of songket textile artwork depicting impressions of communities within ASEAN.