The Art of Khon Lakhon Costumes

  •  Surat Jongda    
  •  Surapone Virulrak    
  •  Vuthipong Roadkasamsri    


This qualitative research aims to explain the steps for putting on traditional Khon Lakhon performance costumes and to make suggestions that will minimise the negative effect of these steps on costume fabric. Data was collected by document study, photographic analysis, interview and focus group discussion with national artists, designers and experts in traditional Thai theatrical costumes. The results show that there are four multi-step procedures for donning Khon Lakhon costume depending on the role of the performer, hero, heroine, ogre and monkey. The traditional methods used to apply the costumes have an effect on the durability of the fabric, particularly temporary stitching, which causes the fabric to deteriorate through excessive wear. If the embroidery methods are slightly altered and traditional storage practices are followed, the costumes will last longer.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
  • ISSN(Print): 1916-9655
  • ISSN(Online): 1916-9663
  • Started: 2009
  • Frequency: semiannual

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