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rh prince Naris­aranu­vat­ti­wongse has been called, among other things, the Great Crafts­man, Siam’s Great Artist and the De­sign Prince. The son of King Rama IV and half­brother of King Rama V was a tal­ented artist and be­came prin­ci­pal court de­signer, but when Prince Naris, as he is bet­ter known, be­gan to draw there was no Si­amese con­cept of de­sign. Fine and ap­plied arts were not taught at uni­ver­si­ties, there were no art books and no art mu­se­ums. With a deep un­der­stand­ing of lo­cal crafts­man­ship, he started to put on pa­per his de­signs and ren­der­ings. Af­ter his death in 1947, these sketches and draw­ings re­mained at his Ban Plain­ern Palace. His great-grandaugh­ter, ML Chit­tawadi Chi­tra­bongs, has sifted through the fold­ers and crum­bling pa­per bags to find, iden­tify and or­gan­ise the images which have been com­piled into a book Prince Naris: A Si­amese De­signer. The book, pub­lished by Serindia and launched late last month by the Naris Foun­da­tion, is di­vided into four cat­e­gories—build­ings, hu­man fig­ures, an­i­mal fig­ures and al­pha­bet­i­cal letters—and con­tains many de­signs that have never be­fore been pub­lished. The au­thor is the daugh­ter of MR Chakrarot and is an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity’s Ar­chi­tec­ture De­part­ment with a PhD from the Ar­chi­tec­tural As­so­ci­a­tion School of Ar­chi­tec­ture.

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