Wat Koh Traditional Woodcraft School Preaching Canopies: Historical Objects in Phetchaburi Bourgeoisie Cultural Context Historical Objects in Phetchaburi Bourgeois Cultural Context

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Chanan Mekmok

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The article investigates Phetchaburi social history during important craftsmanship period in the last 25 Buddhist centuries. The researcher studied 4 pieces of Wat Koh traditional woodcraft school preaching canopy to study complexity of sociocultural local context in assumption that the flourished and collapsed of Phetchaburi traditional craftsmanship was connected to economic changing in the former and latter in 25 Buddhist centuries. The results showed that the groups of craftsmanship patrons were a bourgeois that made their status in economic export by rice and sugar trade and land rent. They made merit by dedicate preaching canopy for religious to make their status. Wat Koh traditional woodcraft school preaching canopy had been.made.around 1922 – 1966 (A.D.) spread away by social relational network between temple, craftsman, and patrons.This study found various socio-cultural dimensions; For instance, traditional craftsmanship culture, patron’s social existence, and social relationship network that bound them up. The craftsman patronage in local context is a significant channel to understand Phetchaburi bourgeois social existence in this period.

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