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Laai Prayuk: “Applied Patterns”

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Laai Prayuk: “Applied Patterns”


This image depicts what weavers refer to as laai prayuk (ลายประยุกต์) or “applied/adapted patterns.” The name signifies that these patterns have been adapted from traditional versions or are completely original designs; prayuk patterns tend to utilize bright colors and incorporate motifs intended to appeal to younger generations. A prayuk pattern might also be a design that a weaver or a mat mee specialist has created themselves, such as the navy blue piece of silk shown here with the dragonflies, spiders, butterflies, and roosters. P’Patcharin, a weaver from Baan Tampoung Village, said that she was inspired to make this pattern after seeing a metallic dragonfly image printed on a graphic t-shirt.