Thai puppet workshop free
Thai puppeteers will hold a workshop at Pataka Museum on March 14.
The Tookkatoon puppeteers, founded in 1997 in Bangkok, draw on a century-old tradition of puppetry in Thailand that began in the royal court.
Puppetry was enormously popular in Thailand in the early 1900s, after which public enthusiasm waned as new forms of entertainment came along.
But in recent years there has been a revival of interest in puppet theatre and in the craft of making the puppets.
The puppets have a bamboo body that is attached to a beautifully crafted head made of a light wood, such as cottonwood.
The costumes worn by the puppets are elaborate works of art.
As well as demonstrating how puppets are made, the Tookkatoon troupe will also share the craft of making khon masks, traditionally used in classical masked dramas in Thailand.
Such dramas were a popular form of entertainment for royalty, featuring stylised postures and gestures, dazzling costumes and intricately decorated masks that identified various characters in the play.