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Khmer Patterns Reimagined

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Khmer Patterns Reimagined


The patterns in these images are nearly identical, yet the piece of silk to the right is over 100 years old and was purchased in Cambodia, and the piece to the left was created this year by Surachote Tamcharoen in Surin. The central pattern on both pieces is Khmer and depicts the ritual tree of objects prepared as part of the bai sri ceremony (พิธีบ่ายศรี) that takes place when a young monk ordains, among other occasions. The borders of these silks are distinct; Ajaan Surachote has modified the original Khmer pattern to include a Thai-style border called gruai cherng (กรวยเชิง) that in this specific example was traditionally only printed on top of a piece of silk in the Indian style.