ARABESQUE MEDALLIONS (DETAIL). ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA, FIRST HALF 12TH CENTURY, BAS RELIEF ON STONE. PHOTO GILL GREEN – TAASA Review June 2013
Even without further evidence, however, it seems reasonable to surmise that these distinctive medallion trellis panels allow glimpses into the very early 12th century Indian merchants’ textile trade for which India has long been renowned.
And indeed could the Royal Thai textiles be the faint echoes of the textiles of centuries past circulating between India and eastern markets? Gill Green is President of TAASA and an Honorary Associate in the Department of Art History and Film Studies, University of Sydney. A collection of Indian sourced, block printed medallion patterned textiles specifically prepared for the Thai royal court dating to at least the 17th century are noteworthy textiles in the collection of the National Museum in Bangkok (Natthapatra Chandavij 2002).
They served both as hipwrappers and as décor wall decorations or floor coverings their dress use differentiated from décor use by the pattern layout (Guy 1998:138)...