Brocade woven by silk warp and gold or silver supplemented weft is a very sophisticated fabric. The preparation of thin and flexible silver and gold fiber is particularly difficult. Originating from India, this kind of fabric has spread to many places in Southeast Asia and then was woven by locals. The most famous brocades are the songket of Sumatra in Indonesia and the jongsarat of Brunei.
Costumes woven with gold and silver fibers are luxurious. In the past, these products were used for royalty and the nobility only. Today, clothes woven with normal metal fibers are commonly used.