The remain of ethnic identity and values in Tai Lue houses: a comparative study of Chiang Kham district, Phayao province and Baan Nayang Tai, Lao PDR


  • Nilubon Puraprom School of Architecture and Fine Arts, University of Phayao


Identity, Values, Tai Lue ethnicity, Tai Lue houses


Tai Lue ethnic group who lives in both of the case study locations is an ancient community with its own cultural identity. Values and attitudes that depict their way of life encompass concepts that led to their unique ethnic identity, which are reflected in the elements of their dwellings. This comparative analysis study of how ethnic identity is shown in the dwellings of the Tai Lue in Chiang Kham district and Baan Nayang Tai found that present ethnic values concerning the use of space within dwellings has changed. Only remaining values and belief, evidencing in the use of their sleeping space in both locations, have certain features in common. This involves interior design that shows their identity through the use of fabrics within dwellings. Moreover, there are not only contributed the awareness of community identity, but it is also beneficial for conservation and promotion of cultural tourism in the future.


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