Continuation of intellectual heritage of Khon costumes embroidery
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In this study on Intellectual heritage of embroidery for Khon costumes, the author had two objectives: 1) to research the origins and development of Khon costumery over time and 2) to understand the methods, materials, and patterns used in the creation of various articles of a Khon performer's dress—with the desire both to preserve and revive traditional methods of creating Khon costumesThese objectives were accomplished by 1) researching primary documents from domestic and international, 2) interviewing experts in the design of Khon costumes, mural painters, and other visual artists, 3) studying old photographs and video footage of Khon dance-drama in relation to Khon costumes today, 4) studying related art forms 5) comparing remnants of Khon costumes from different periods of time with those made in the present. The study found that: The formal features of Khon costumes were based on the real daily wear of the noble classes in ancient societies, but whose characteristics were enlarged to suit the demands of theater. For the most part, the designs on Khon costumes were originally developed from those on fabrics imported to Thailand from India and later transformed into vine, leaf, and flower figures. Both the methods and materials used in creating Khon costumes today are less intricate than those of the past, resulting in costumes of less quality than their predecessors. The beauty of Khon costumes depends on the proportions of each individual piece. The design of their patterns requires an attention to detail and elaborate embroidery. Today, there are renewed efforts to revive these older values by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
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