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Dyeing of Cloth and Pattern

The central area of the cloth where the pattern lied is called “Thongpha,” which is connected by two or three layers of narrow strips called “Nanang.” Around the Thongpha area, the pattern of Khmer temple‟s floor plan was created by means of repetition of the pattern. Components of the floor plan was transformed by means of simplification to make it suitable for creation of pattern by Mudmee techniques.  Composition of the floor plan pattern was based on the principle of symmetric balance with a uniform repetition in rhythm and colour harmony.

The central area of the cloth where the pattern lied is called “Thongpha,” which is connected by two or three layers of narrow strips called “Nanang.” Around the Thongpha area, the pattern of Khmer temple‟s floor plan was created by means of repetition of the pattern. Components of the floor plan was transformed by means of simplification to make it suitable for creation of pattern by Mudmee techniques.  Composition of the floor plan pattern was based on the principle of symmetric balance with a uniform repetition in rhythm and colour harmony.

Mudmee patterns are almost always the patterns that repeat themselves across a bolt of fabric.

Mudmee yarn, prior to weaving is repeatedly dyed with different colours, depending on how many colours are desired for the pattern. The exact areas of  a thread to be dyed by a certain colour and controlled by a tie-dying method. These ties prevent the dye from affecting the thread underneath them to absorb the colour.

Blue was from Indigo blue tree; yellow was from core of Khae plant; red was from lac; green was from the barks or leaves of many plants; and black was from ebony tree. A portion of the silk yarn being tied would be in white

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