Things Thai presents over 60 different items from Thailand along with extensive cultural and historical background information.
Each is a collectible in its own right, and has some cultural relevance or a story to tell. Each object, be it a work of art, an emblem or something more everyday, represents an aspect of Thai life. Some items are devotional objects inspired by Theravada Buddhism, others are representative of the strong crafts tradition in the country; some have distinctive Thai design motifs, such as the kanok flame and vegetal motifs, others are simply pieces of clothing or jewelry—but all have a distinct bearing on Thai customs and culture.
Each item is photographed separately and detailed text explains its historical importance and cultural significance.
|Edition description:||Revised,Hardcover with Jacket|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Tanistha Dansilp is a journalist and feature writer specializing in articles on cultural and environmental topics, and has contributed to a wide range of Thai magazines.
Michael Freeman has photographed extensively in Asia, both for magazines such as the Smithsonian, GEO and Conde Nast Traveler, and for numerous books on Asia and beyond.
Table of Contents
|Silver 'bullet' money||24|
|Dressing tables and cabinets||32|
|Ivory chedi seals||38|
|Dancer's nail extenders||48|
|Floral decorations and fruit and vegetable carvings||50|
|Traditional Thai costumes||52|
|Ceramic propitiatory figurines||66|
|Assembly hall models||76|
|Ceramic temple fittings||88|
|Monastery roof finials||90|
|Carved door panels||96|
|Door and window pediments||98|
|Lanna gable decorations||104|
|Carved Lanna lintels||106|
|Seed baskets and scoops||108|
|Poppy seed pod incisers||120|
|Selected Bibliography and Sources||144|