To take a break from translating and transcribing interviews, I wanted to share a few more photos from our shoots about banana-leaf art in Thailand.
The photo to the right shows detail of a “Bai Sri” (religious offering) made of banana leaves and flower petals. The green “shading” is achieved by carefully selecting and organizing banana leaves of different ages. Although a traditional art form, “Bai Sri”are becoming more elaborate as the young generation in Thailand use their creativity to realize new designs…
This photo is of college students struggling to carry a giant banana-leaf “Bai Sri” up a spiral staircase without damaging it. With every ornate element completely hand-made, it can take a class of 20 students three days and two nights (non-stop) to make a “Bai Sri” of this size.
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