Comparison of Traditional Intricate Paper Cutting Techniques of Southern Thailand: Traditional and Modern Style

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Pannee Virunanont

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Intricate paper cutting techniques of Southern Thailand are a type of traditional craftsmanship, which is a valuable art form of the country. This knowledge has been inherited from one generation to the next. This study collected and compiled data regarding traditional intricate paper cutting, focusing on techniques from southern provinces, where their unique identities are retained. The data comprises history, paper characteristics, cutting techniques, patterns, instruments, designs, and practical purposes. Findings revealed the significant distinctions that artisans in Songkhla province use traditional style, whereas artisans in Nakhon Sri Thammarat province use modern style. It is noteworthy that some artisans still retain the ritual of master veneration. These rituals are performed only with disciples considered worthy of inheritance and skilled enough to make a living with this craft.

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