Thai pup­pet work­shop free

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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.

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