Creative textile: the interactive art installation from Thai silk

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Pichatorn Nualdaisri


Although Thai silk fabric is well-known for its unique characteristics including shininess, smoothness, luxury, and cultural richness; its weaving technique is still limited. A textile innovation knowledge and creativity will serve as the main developmental process. The typical looks of Thai silk include vivid colors, and flat, non-functional textures that make it easily recognizable as an old-style, traditional product. Nevertheless, the finished products from Thai silk are mostly fabric and clothing, creating new texture and function by combining Thai silk yarn with other types is still an uncommon practice due to the belief that it would decrease Thai silk value. This project was aimed to develop textile surface design from Thai silk yarn with the existing resources in Thailand. The modern textile innovations will be exploring and experimenting with the weaving technique and combining with other yarn types. The objective is to enhance value of the fabric surface to be more than Thai traditional fabric but utilize them as an art form, not as a conventional application in clothing industry. During the design process, the data information from in-depth interviews for users’ perspectives about Thai silkworm processing and species, Thai silk market, and textile innovations were collected. These key data will be analyzed and synthesized for exploring and experimenting on the new surface design for Thai silk. All findings from the experiment will be presented as Art installation based on “Art as Experience” theory for the audience to experience the value of Thai silk.  Thai silk can be functional and creativity which are the key elements from each exploration that can be utilized to textile surface designs. Finally, the project will provide knowledge of Thai silk to silk users and designers in different ways of use, so the local Thai silk will become more attractive respectively.


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