Samui celebrates new art form

The streets of Samui were filled with displays of colourful cloth this month as talented batik artist Judy Dove visited the island.

A special four day fair was held to welcome the artist, who stopped in on her way to Germany, answering questions about her work from other artists and collectors.

Batik is a unique and vibrant Malaysian and Indonesian form of decorating cloth in bold and bright designs. As the Samui Express reported this week, Judy Dove’s father was prominent Batik artist Yong Mun Sen, who was one of the first artists in Malaysia to practice the art form.

Judy’s work has taken on a distinctly Thai flavor as she has cleverly captured scenes from Thailand’s landscape as well as the birds, animals and plants that can be found in Southern Thailand.

Judy Doves work will be displayed in galleries around Koh Samui for some time to come. These large pieces of cloth can be hung on the wall or used in a multitude of ways such as draped over beds or as tablecloths. Visitors to the island now have the opportunity to pick up a unique souvenir to take home, a perfect reminder of the richness and colourfulness of Thailand.

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