NAKHARA (Journal of Environmental Design and Planning)

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Through their state-funded research, a team of design academics undertook to bringnew life to Benjarong traditional pottery in Amphawa by reconciling innovation withtradition. The research outcome was twofold. Firstly, an alternative discourse was proposedto enable designers to draw visual resources from Asia, thus extending design possibilitiesmuch further. Secondly an improvement of the production technique of Benjarong wasrecommended to enable design developments for the pottery. By putting the traditionalBenjarong in the context of today's cultural dynamism, Amphawa became the birthplace of anew version of polychrome pottery - Navarong, which later earned recognitions in citiesabroad, including Florence.

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