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Tattered Covers

More photos from Ayutthaya, Thailand.   For those who were confused about the saffron cloth in yesterday's photo, here's a more clear example of its use.  Many of the Buddha figures I saw were clothed in similar cloth.

Tattered Covers

More photos from Ayutthaya, Thailand.   For those who were confused about the saffron cloth in yesterday's photo, here's a more clear example of its use.  Many of the Buddha figures I saw were clothed in similar cloth.

comments (25)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 00:46
Talk about colorful, Jewlya! I can just imagine how this experience has enriched you!
Saffron is the colour associated with the Buddhist monks and clothing
Jewlya: Your comment made me want to learn more, so I just finished reading about the robes and their symbolism.

It actually turns out that saffron robes are associated with Buddhist monks in some countries, but not by any means in all. In Japan, black and grey robes are more common and in China, brown and blue robes are more common. The common theme appears to be the idea of austere robes that represent detachment from the physical world. Even in Thailand, although saffron was the dominate color, I saw many older monks in ochre robes. I'm not sure the significance of the color for them, but it was beautiful to see. One of the other photographers here has a photo up of a young Buddhist boy in a very different robe (http://luisapuccini.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Rangoon_Shwedagon_Pagoda,_august_2007_/).
  • Kay
  • rainy pacific northwest
  • 8 Jan 2008, 03:46
Very nicely done, Jewlya!
Slightly tattered but beautiful and restful.
It almost looks like you have desaturated the monk, nice one.
Jewlya: lol, like he was a real person or just a more colorful statue?
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 8 Jan 2008, 07:42
Sh ... sh ... he is meditating and we mustn't annoy him ... Nice contrasts of colours !!!
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 8 Jan 2008, 07:51
I like the touch of colour it add to the beauty of the statuesmile
Nice shot Jewlya
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jan 2008, 08:43
And I thought you were just using the statues as coat hangers smile

Great shot, the wall with patterns also had my attention for a few moments.
Jewlya: It sounds like for DrAW, the background was distracting. Did you feel the same? I picked this Buddha to shoot, over other options, because the background was so beautiful (to me). It didn't even occur to me that it might overwhelm the subject.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 8 Jan 2008, 08:54
nice shot of the statue though the background fought against you smile
lol at louis comment
Jewlya: Fought against me? Hmm... One of the reasons I picked this shot over other options was because of the background. To me, it was as much a part of the shot as the foreground. Do you feel like it didn't work?
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 8 Jan 2008, 08:58
What a beautiful shot Jewlya. It really says take a step back and breath.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 8 Jan 2008, 09:37
Just another great capture, love the brick work and the colors!!
Cool ..
  • Aussie
  • back on nights.
  • 8 Jan 2008, 10:31
Another beautiful capture Jewlya
Wow, that orange (Saffron) really pops out.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 14:08
I like this shot! Aside from the interesting subject matter, the unusual collection of colors draws me in.
Jewlya: Thank you! That was what I was drawn to when I took the shot - the red brick, saffron robe, and stark black and white background design.
  • Rafael
  • Suriname
  • 8 Jan 2008, 16:01
The combination of different textures and colors makes this photograph appealing. Of course let us not forget the Buddha statue wink
Cheers!
Very nice capture Jewlya. I like the several patterns and find the colour touch great.
  • Blackdog
  • On the dreaded dial up again!
  • 8 Jan 2008, 18:24
Did you know that in Thailand they change the robes - and colour with the seasons? The saffron looks great against the grey stone.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2008, 19:49
Fantastic colours - the contrast between the cool gray and the vivid orange is wonderful.
Ingrid
Another one rich in texture and colour. Love the extraordinary patterning on the wall. (:o)
lovely mixture of colours and textures
buddist monk, beautiful, I would love to do this trip as well
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Jan 2008, 00:14
I don't know why, but I could look at this for ages.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Jan 2008, 13:51
Despite being old Buddha icons in a place of ruins, these icons are still revered highly. There are a few times each year when they receive fresh clotes.
Saffron is the colour of Thai monks' apparel...although it can vary from canary yellow to dirty brown. In Myanmar and in Vietnam the monk's robes are a much deeper colour.
This Buddha icon is probably quite old, but has evidently had major repair work performed quite recently.
Another fine shot, Jewlya.
Wonderful shot Jewlya ! A likey !!

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