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Buddhist Textiles of Laos, Lan Na and the Isan

The Iconograhy of Design Elements by: Fredrick W. Bunce

This book studies the iconography of the design elements typically employed by craftspersons of Tai textiles from the Laos, Lan Na and Isan areas. With numerous splendid illustrations of the designs, it deals with their art of weaving, various textile forms to be found in the region and the suitable and inherently powerful motifs woven.



ISBN: 9788124602508
Year Of Publication: 2004
Edition: 1st
Pages : xli, 413
Bibliographic Details : 98 Plates; 457 Figures; Appendices; Glossary
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 1750


Textiles from Laos, Lan Na and the Isan are prized for their artistic brilliance and aesthetic beauty. They speak volumes on a weaving tradition that has evolved through centuries and shaped the socio-cultural life of the people associated with it. This book studies the iconography of the design elements typically employed by craftspersons of textiles from these areas: it deals with their art of weaving, various textile forms to be found in the region and the suitable and inherently powerful motifs woven. With numerous splendid illustrations of the designs, it involves study of design elements on articles of daily use as well as those used for ceremonial purposes and the kind of forms and iconography depicted — like ancestor figures, animal and plant forms, water creatures, objects used in ceremonies and geometric forms. Viewing Buddhism as the prime influence upon the objects though Hinduism is also an important referent, it explores the symbols the design elements involve and their many meanings and the dimensions they encompass — their fertility-related, religious and universal associations, for instance. The designs considered in the study are based upon the square grid and the design elements are shown in the typical graph form employed by weavers. It also gives Indian (Sanskrit) and Thai equivalents for English terms of plant and animal species and clarifies a number of terms all of which make this painstakingly-conducted research a thorough work on the subject. The book will be very useful to scholars of Textile designs, Buddhist art and culture; and the cultural traditions of South-east Asia. The scholars of Buddhist studies, specially of Buddhist tantra and art, will find the book as both interesting and useful.


List of Plates
List of Figures
Pha-biang and Pha-chet
Pha-biang I — Pha-biang II — Pha-biang III — Pha-biang IV — Pha-biang V — Pha-biang VI — Pha-biang VII — Pha-biang VIII — Pha-chet I — Pha-chet II — Pha-kham-lai
Pha-sin and Related Forms
Pha-sin I (tin-sin) — Pha-sin II (tin-jok) — Pha-sin III (tin-jok) — Pha-sin IV — Pha-sin V (tin-jok) — Pha-sin VI (tin-jok) — Pha-sin VII (tin-jok) — Pha-sin VIII (tin-jok) — Pha-sin IX (tin-jok) — Pha-sin X (tin-jok) — Pha-sin XI (tin-jok) — Pha-sin XII — Pha-sin XIII (tin-sin) — Pha-sin XIV (tin-sin) — Pha-sin XV (tin-sin) — Pha-sin XVI (luntaya) — Pha-sin XVII (luntaya) — Pha-sin XVIII (tin-sin) — Pha-sin XIX — Pha-sin XX — Pha-sin XXI — Pha-sin XXII (tin-jok) — Pha-sin XXIII (tin-jok) — Pha-sin XXIV (tin-jok) — Pha-sin XXV — Pha-sin XXVI — Pha-sin XXVII — Pha-sin XXVIII — Pha-sin XXIX — Pha-sin XXX — Pha-sin XXXI — Pha-sin XXXII — Pha-sin XXXIII — Pha-sin XXXIV — Pha-sin XXXV — Pha-sin XXXVI — Pha-sin XXXVII — Pha-sin XXXVIII — Pha-sin XXXIX — Pha-sin XL — Pha-sin XLI — Pha-sin XLII
Pha-chong kaben
Pha-chong kaben I
Pha-chong kaben II
Tung and Other Ceremonial Textiles
Tung I — Tung II — Tung III — Tung IV — Tung V — Pha-mem — Pha ho-kham-pi 144
Bed Covers
Pha-hom I — Pha-hom II — Pha-hom III — Pha-hom IV — Pha-hom V — Pha-hom VI — Pha-hom VII — Pha-hom VIII — Pha-hom IX — Pha-lop I — Pha-lop II
Ceremonial Curtain I — Ceremonial Curtain II — Bed Curtain (Mosquito Net) — Door Curtain I — Door Curtain II — Door Curtain III — Door Curtain IV — Door Curtain V
Miscellaneous Forms
Maun End — Maun Panel I — Maun Panel II — Maun Panel III — Maun Panel IV — Pha-khoma I — Pha-khoma II — Khit Pattern from sampler — Si-ho
Individual Elements
Apologia — Ancestors — Animal Forms — Nak (Naga) — Water Creatures — Bird Forms — Plant Forms — Ceremonial Objects — Geometric forms — Hooks — Water Elements — Miscellaneous Forms
Apendix A
Apendix B

Meet the Author
Fredrick W. Bunce, a PhD and a cultural historian of international eminence, is an authority on ancient iconography and Buddhist arts. He has been honoured with prestigious awards/commendations and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and the International Biographical Dictionary, 1980. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Art, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. He has authored the following books all published by D.K. Printworld: Buddhist Textile of Laos, Lan Na and the Isan - The Iconography of Design Elements. A Dictionary of Buddhist and Hindu Iconography. An Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Saints and Demons (2 vols.). An Encyclopaedia of Hindu Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Demons and Heroes (3 vols.). The Iconography of Architectural Plans - A Study of the Influence of Buddhism and Hinduism on Plans of South and South-east Asia. Islamic Tombs in India - The Iconographical and Genesis of their Design. Monuments of India and the Indianized States. The Mosques of the Indian Subcontinent - Their Development and Iconography. Mudras in Buddhist and Hindu Practices - An Iconographic Consideration. Numbers - Their Iconographic Consideration in Buddhist and Hindu Practices. Royal Palaces, Residences and Pavilions of India - An Iconographic Consideration. The Sacred Dichotomy: Thoughts and Comments on The Duality of Female and Male Iconography in South Asia and the Mediterranean. The Tibetan Iconography of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other Deities - A Unique Pantheon. The Yantra of Deities and their Numerological Foundations - An Iconographic Consideration.