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Promoting traditional ikat textiles: ethnographic perspectives on indigenous knowledge, cultural heritage preservation and ethnic identity

Atcharee Chantamool (The Research Institute of Northeastern Art and Culture, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham, Thailand)
Choopug Suttisa (The Research Institute of Northeastern Art and Culture, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham, Thailand)
Thom Gatewongsa (The Research Institute of Northeastern Art and Culture, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham, Thailand)
Apiradee Jansaeng (The Research Institute of Northeastern Art and Culture, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham, Thailand and Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham, Thailand)
Narongsak Rawarin (The Research Institute of Northeastern Art and Culture, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham, Thailand)
Hanvedes Daovisan (Human Security and Equity Centre of Excellence, Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

ISSN: 2514-9342

Article publication date: 3 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore how indigenous knowledge, cultural heritage preservation and ethnic identity influence the production of traditional ikat textiles in northeast Thailand.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative research method used an ethnographic perspective with a realistic design. Purposive sampling was used to conduct 30 in-depth ethnographic interviews with members of Phu Thai ikat textile groups in Kalasin province. Interview transcripts were studied using thick descriptive analysis (themes, categorisation, coding and keywords).

Findings

The ethnographic study shows that natural dyeing, traditional crafts, materials, designs and patterns are used in Phu Thai ikat textile weaving. The results reveal that indigenous knowledge, cultural heritage preservation and ethnic identity are relevant to traditional ikat textiles.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study uniquely focuses on a deeper theoretical understanding of indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage preservation, to sustain traditional ikat textiles.

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Acknowledgements

This research was financially supported by Mahasarakham University (Grant year 2016).

Citation

Chantamool, A., Suttisa, C., Gatewongsa, T., Jansaeng, A., Rawarin, N. and Daovisan, H. (2023), "Promoting traditional ikat textiles: ethnographic perspectives on indigenous knowledge, cultural heritage preservation and ethnic identity", Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/GKMC-08-2022-0198

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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