The center of global economic gravity is shifting toward Asia. The establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community has now engages ASEAN countries to the next step of a real economic community single market by maximizing a harmonious relations and respect national sovereignties. This process of regional economic integration is expected to narrow the development gap among ASEAN economies through quite ambitious economic treaties and free-trade agreements for Southeast Asia.
Along with the economic growth, Indonesia is a country with a massive diverse range of societies and cultures ranks 39th globally in terms of recognized world cultural heritage in 2012. With over 300 tribes and different ethnic groups, rich in artistic culture, making Indonesia is more focusing on economic development associated with tourism to the international community.
By understanding the economics challenges above, the government of Sawahlunto, West Sumatra had transformed itself into a thriving "customer driven government" of cultural mining tourism city and successfully take a step forward making handwoven Silungkang Songket become part of national heritage and "social and cultural assets". With certificate No.7062/R.MURI/VIII/2015 the Songket Carnival broke a national record for the most people wearing traditional Songket fabric attire from Silungkang by Indonesian Museum of Record (MURI).
August 25th – 27th, 2016, Sawahlunto International Songket Carnaval returns for a second time. This activity is a systematic effort to optimize local resources by maximizing tourism sectors especially handwoven Silungkang Songket.
Handwoven songket plays a very special role for Silungkang society. Not only does it reflect one of their identities but also stimulating more creativity into an investment for Sawahlunto's economic development which also benefiting the Indonesian economy.
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Sawahlunto Songket Festival