Suvarnabhumi Lacquer Bridging Culture with Contemporary Design (81173)

Session Information: Architecture and Urban Design Studies/Design
Session Chair: Sumanatsya Voharn

Saturday, 25 May 2024 12:15
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 705
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

For thousands of years, lacquer sap has been of significant practical importance in East and Southeast Asia, impacting both economic and everyday life. During the late 20th century, crafts in Asia - especiallylacquerware production were heavily affected by the growth of industrial manufacturing and synthetic materials, leading to a decline in the culture of traditional lacquer use.

This research project aims to explore the cultural significance of lacquerware in Southeast Asia, from ancient times to the present. Focusing on Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the study uses the A-E-I-O-U observation framework and Design Thinking to explore new potential forms of collaboration in lacquerware design. By blending traditional techniques with Eco design principles, the research aims to create ten prototype products that honor traditional technique together with new production processes which promote the sustainable use of lacquer. Ultimately, the goal is to share these design perspectives with local communities, contributing to regional economic growth through responsible local material management for the benefit of society and the environment.

Sumanatsya Voharn, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

About the Presenter(s)
Sumanatsya Voharn is an assistant professor in the Design Division at Chiang Mai University. She has a strong interest in traditional craft and local materials in contemporary context.

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