Khmer Sanctuaries in the lower part of the northeastern region of Thailand are an integral part of cultural heritage of Khmer civilization. The graphic pattern of floor plan is architectural representation, which is a universal language. However, the floor plans of Khmer sanctuaries have never been made into the designs of Mudmee or Ikat silk before. Thus, this project was aimed at creating graphic designs of Mudmee silk based on the inspirations from floor plans of Khmer sanctuary in the lower part of the Northeast of Thailand. As an experiment, local artisans were asked to produce Mudmee silk and two prototypes were created. Academic information was given to support the design, which made use of a number of processes, namely simplification, composition, and color scheme, in combination with creative Mudmee techniques derived from local wisdoms. The artisans had to apply their body of knowledge from preparation of silk threads to calculation of the numbers of warps and wefts, bleaching, dyeing, creation of Mudmee designs, and Mudmee weaving technique. It was suggested that other techniques should be applied to Mudmee silk in order to improve dimensions of the designs by using the different values of colors or combining other inspirations with Khmer temple floor plans. This would enable the artisans to develop a wide variety of designs. Certain symbols could be further represented by abstract images.
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Silpakorn University Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Vol.15(3) : 115 - 132, 2016