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The songket is referred to as the “queen” because the term symbolizes the songket’s role as the guardian of tradition and the supporter of the traditional, religious, and female leaders who represent West Sumatra’s cultural identity.
https://sage2vacationhome.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/the-philosophy-behind-the-songket-of-minangkabau/

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"In 2002, a jointly held UNESCO and UNEP high-level Roundtable report proclaimed cultural diversity

“as a source of innovation, creativity and exchange—is humanity's guarantee for a mutually enriching and sustainable future.” "

--Sustainability and culture have always been a keen interest of mine, to see discussion of they contribute to each other is awesome! 

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