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Textiles and Temples in Nan - Thai Textile Society Study Trip January 2014
Tai Lue Temple at Wat Pong Sanuk, Cited by UNESCO
About the Study Tour
The city of Nan is dotted with a number of ancient and beautiful temples built in the Lanna style. The study tour participants visited Tai Lue temples built in their characteristic style and were able to view some of the textile patterns on temple murals.
Nan is in an isolated valley, surrounded by high mountains, where the Tai Lue people have been relatively sheltered from outside influences and thus, have been able to maintain their traditional culture. Much of this is reflected in the textiles the women weave. According to Professor Soangsak Prangwatanakun, Tai Lue weaving culture in Nan may be classified into two groups, one being characterized by weft ikat (mat mi) and the other by Tai Lue weaving in nearby Sayaburi Province in Laos as some of the people came from there. In the former, weavers tie-dye weft threads to weave tube skirts in cotton and silk, creating horizontal stripes in blue, purple and pink colors. As influenced by the weaving culture in Sayaburi, weavers in the latter group use tapestry weaving technique or “ko” technique in their language. Their most famous design is “lai nam lai” - a design reflecting waves or flowing streams.
Lanna-style tabernacle for Buddha image, at Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
Sassanian or Persian-style Hunting Motif Showing Textiles
Four Dayani Buddhas back-to-back in Tai Lue Temple of Wat Pong Sanuk
Mythical bird in attendance at Lanna funerals
High-relief lacquer chest
Textiles on celestials in mural at Wat Phra That Cho Hae Phrae
Men's leg tattoes at Wat Phumin
1721a Wat Phumin "Boys+Girls On The Dock"
Local fashion statement with Wat Phumin "Whisperers" T-shirt
"The Whisperers" at Wata Nong Bua, note man's leg tattoes
Tapestry weave at Nan Nat'l Museum
Nan Natl Museum Tai Lue Tapestry Weave Lai Nam Lai "Flowing Water" Motifi Chiang Khon Dist, Chiang Rai Prov.
Dong Song Drum Motifs Found on Textiles
Wat Phumin "Boys+Girls On The Dock"
Burmese-style gilt carving at Wat Pong Sanuk
Artist's Sketches for murals at Wat Nong Bua
Bodhisattvas at Wat Nong Bua
Couple at Wat Nong Bua -(tapestry weave of women's pasin, mans top woven/embrodiery indigo jacket)
Tapestry weave Supplementary weft ?
World's Largest Gong at Wat PhraThat Haripunchai
Luk Nimit Consecration Stones