Arts and Crafts of Thailand
By William Warren
Chronicle Books, 1996
Thailand has a long-standing tradition of arts and crafts. Unlike most of its neighbors, 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 in this book. Baskets floor mats, water dippers, shimmering silk fabrics, as well as fine silverware, lacquer-ware, jewelry, furniture and wood carvings are featured: objects from the most basic traditions of village life to the aristocratic tradition: from ceremonial life to the traditions of theatre arts.
“Thai textiles are beyond compare, and the discussion in this book is detailed, illustrated with vintage photos of costumes and sumptuous color plates of the textiles. Equally captivating are sections describing woodcarvings, theater masks and costumes, basketry, and floral creations. Although temple arts are not included, a section on contemporary Thai crafts presents a very interesting overview of Thailand’s artistic achievements.” = – Library Journal