Arts and Crafts of Thailand
Thailand has a long-standing tradition of arts and crafts. Unlike most of its neighbours, it has never been occupied by a foreign power or engaged in wars of conquest, and it has thus enjoyed a relatively peaceful development since ancient times. Patronized by the court and the temples, the designs and craftsmanship of Thai artisans have flourished. Thai textiles, probably the best-known example of its indigenous handicrafts, form part of the assortment of creative traditions and products presented by this book. Here are baskets floor mats, water dippers, shimmering silk fabrics, as well as fine silverware, lacquer-ware, jewellry, furniture and wood carvings: objects from the most basic traditions of village life to the aristocratic tradition: from ceremonial life to the traditions of theatre arts. The writer and photographer of this book have both spent many years in Thailand. Their other books include "Living in Thailand"(1989) and "The Tropical Garden"(1991).
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