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Thai Design

Door panels in a temple,
Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

Story by Nam Prung

Influenced by Khmer and Indian art, the traditional Thai design is graceful and can be drawn in full space. It provides no space as in the Khmer and Western art. Unlike that of other countries in the world., the Thai design has a starting point with no ending point. There is no difinite form of Thai design. However, the most popular models Thai design are, for example, Lai Kanok, Lai Pracham Yam and Lai Upa.
The Thai design is closely associated with the Thai way of life, especially in connection with construction and Thai craftsmanship known as the Chang Sip Mu or Organisation of the Ten Crafts. The design appearing in the construction sector mainly contributes to Buddhism as generally seen from religious structures, door panels in a temple, a cabinet to keep the Tripitaka or Buddhist Scriptures and other religious objects. Evidence shows that Thai design was also used to decorate houses during the Ayutthaya Period and More intricate designs were used to decorate the royal court. However, folk designs were sometimes also adopted by the royal court, for example, some figures of trees or animals were added to the original design of flowers and leaves.


The Belfry, Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat, Phitsanulok Province

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