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Khanon Temple's Puppet
has 2 set

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Original Puppet

It is a puppet that has been made sinceperiod of

time. Phra Kru Satha Sunthorn or Luang Pu Klom

created in the reign of King Rama 5. The number

of puppet more than 400 pieces. Then in this day

has 313 left. Show in Museum at Khanon Temple.

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Rebuild Puppet

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn has order

 to rebuild shadow puppet leather. By put Silpakorn University to organize and manage every process to make new puppet leather.  Try to according to the original  leather  pattern and  designed since  1990.

and then give Khanon Temple for use in the show.

The different between original puppet
and Rebuild puppet

          Make a puppet leather is one kind of arts. That needs capability of craftsman.

     They need to design every elements in 1 leather piece. The beauty of the leather depends

     on the design of the characters and pattern. Especially battle scene. That have many action           and character in 1 leather piece. Craftsman will try to invent a beautiful and exciting battle.

     including coloring leather for beauty and represent some character.

                    Rebuild puppet leather is made for preserve original puppet. By follow every step

     of ancient way to made. Such as drawing, cutting, coloring. But can not do the same of old

     traditional way. By the way artist and craftsman solve it by adapt something new to make it

     The step are as follow.

1. Drawing or Skecthing

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Craftsman will drawing lines on top of

leather that already died and painted

in black. They using brush and white 

color to sketch. Then drill the leather.

Original leather

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Craftsman will use stencil paper for copy and drawing. Then use rotting pen size 0.5 . then

create the blue print for copy of leather.

And go to next step.

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2. Material 

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Craftsman use cow leather more than

buffalo leather. Because cow leather

are softer than buffalo leather.

Original leather

Buy a synthetic leather that ready to use.

Because if they died leather like ancient technic it will use a lot of time.

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Rebuild leather

3. Prepare a leather

Craftsman will ferment leather in a lime 

or salt about 1 hour. Then bring leather

stretch on square wood. When it dry they 

will scratch fur out. Ferment agian with

herbal water 7-10 days. Then bring 

leather stretch on square wood agian.

Dry indoor area then it ready to use.

Original leather

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Rebuild leather

Bring synthetic leather to soak in water.

Then soak in vinegar about 4-5 hour.

Then bring leather stretch on square wood.

Dry in indoor area then it ready to use.

4. Dril leather

Original leather

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Tools for drill leather has 2 type

- Strike Tools   use small metal tube with tiny

                       hole to drill through Leather.

- Cut Tools  use chisel many tyep for sharpen

              or cut  Leather into shape or character.

Tools for drill leather has 2 type

- Strike Tools use tood-too (metal tube) in

             different size drill through leather.

- Cutting Tools use sharp knife cut in area                         that need to be emty space

                       to creat  shape and pattern.

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5. Coloring leather

Color that craftsman use.They got it from

natural material such as

     Black : Smut from burning banana leaf.

     Yellow : Jack friut heart wood.

     Red : Boiling Fang's heart wood with alum.

     Green : Copper mix with lime juice.

Original leather

Rebuild leather

Craftsman try to use the same material

as much as they can. But they still need

to adapt or change some new material 

for coloring rebuild leather set.

    Black : Chinese ink, white-black powder                     color mix together.

    Red-Yellow : Fang and jack fruit heart wood

                        mix with tree gum.

    Brown-Red : Dried betel nut ferment in gin.

    Green : Copper mix with lime juice.

6.  Outlines

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Original leather

The old traditional way to drawing outlines is

to use brush draw white lines on top of

painted leather (black). When they finished

drawing.  They will drill and cut some area

to make shape and pattern. And some area

that didn't get rid are still have outlines left.

Drawing outlines after finished coloring.

By draw white line for emphasize shape.

Then vanished leather as a last step for

keep leather color and texture lasting.

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Rebuild leather