Title: Silken Threads Lacquer Thrones: Lan Na Court...
Publisher: Art Media Resources/River Books
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition
281 pages with black & white and color illustrations, extensive bibliography, notes and index. Textile expert Susan Conway traces the history of the Lan Na princes of coastal Southeast Asia, and examines their dress and textiles, rich in indigenous silk and cotton, Chinese silk, Burmese and Shan fabrics, embroideries and trimmings. Hardcover with jacket, in fine condition. 11.25 by 8.75 inches. Bookseller Inventory # 12724
Synopsis: The unique character of Lan Na culture, so different from that of coastal Southeast Asia, is reflected in the textiles and dress of its 19th century courts, and was developed through the integration of local cultures and societies living in the hills and valleys. In the court workshops, indigenous silk and cotton, Chinese silk, Burmese and Shan fabrics, with embroideries and sumptuous trimmings, were used to create ceremonial court dress, while goldsmiths and silversmiths, wood carvers and lacquer makers produced court regalia. In this lavishly illustrated book, textile expert Susan Conway traces the history of the Lanna princes, their complex marital and political alliances with the surrounding inland principalities and with Siam, China and Burma. A dramatic change in male court dress took place towards the end of the 19th century and acts as a metaphor for the political manoeuvres resulting from colonial intervention in the region. The book also shows how in such times, Lan Na princesses and their attendants continued to wear indigenous dress demonstrating loyalty to the culture they cherished.
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