This pocket square echoes the natural beauty of the stone ruins with a striking shot of color that can only be described as Monk-organge. Each piece is crafted from an Italian cotton that has been hand-painted in a special process developed by MIZU.
- 12” x 12”
- Individually cut & crafted
- 100% hand-painted Italian Cotton
The ancient city of Ayutthaya, founded in 1350, once served as global hub of multi-cultural art, architecture and commerce. Ayutthaya served as the second Siamese capital after the destruction of Sukhothai. Today the ornate towers and mammoth Buddhist monasteries sit in ruin after an attack from the Burmese Army in 1767. They never rebuilt. These vast ruins sit in modern-day Thailand and are represented as a UNESCO world heritage site.
The construction Ayutthaya was masterfully planned. Situated on an island surrounded by 3 rivers and the ocean, Ayutthaya was able to remain secluded while still having access to the sea. The people of the city took full advantage of the rivers, building a hydraulic system for water management ( early sewage systems! ) that were extremely advanced for the time.
Ayutthaya was equidistant between China and India but tucked away enough that the growing Arab and European powers wouldn’t invade. This prime location made the city of Hub of global trade, art, and architecture. Local and international merchants and missionaries lived downstream from the royal palace, where they were built homes and temples in the traditional architectural style of their birthplace. Today, these heavily eclectic structures still stand in ruin.
With so much foreign impact, it was only natural for the city of Ayutthaya to build a school of art to celebrate the creativity and harbor the international artistic styles. It was here that they trained masters in an eclectic style of art, combining Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Persian and European styles in order to create something unique to Siam. The best examples of art produced would be found in the ornate wall murals and carvings adorning the walls of the Royal palace and the expansive Buddhist Monasteries.