Traditional Thai Colour Name DictionarySeptember 9, 2013
This is my first post after more than one year because Dr. Preda and I decided to finish the whole project quietly.
The study on traditional Thai colours is complete now and the Traditional Thai Colour Name Dictionary is finalized. Initially, I planned to write a series of articles describing separately: the improved method for analyzing the traditional colours, the colour naming study, the Traditional Thai Colour Dictionary and the proposed method for restoring mural paintings using the results of our study. In the same time I was planning to write about the software system that turns scanners into colorimeters, which Dr. Preda and I developed from the software application that we created for analyzing and identifying the traditional Thai colours. But Dr. Preda convinced me that the importance of research precedes the importance of writing papers. Therefore, we finalized the whole research and merged all results in a single, long article entitled: “Complete Study of Traditional Thai Colours Used in Mural Paintings. Traditional Thai Colour Name Dictionary”. The article describes the improved method that we elaborated for analyzing and identifying the traditional colours, comparing it with the first method we published in Color Research and Application in 2011. As part of the improved method, our Trichromatic Colour Analyser (TCA) software is described in 30% of the paper’s length. About half of the paper consists of the Traditional Thai Color Name Dictionary, presenting 147 traditional Thai colour names analyzed, identified, quantitatively described, explained, transliterated and translated. The paper is submitted to Colour Research and Application journal.
This year, in July, the paper I wrote with Dr. Preda: “Bringing traditional Thai colours to life using an original developed software system” was published in the peer reviewed AIC congress proceedings. The paper is focused more on the TCA software system developed from the initial TCA software application that we created as a tool for analyzing and identifying the traditional Thai colours.
Because it would take too much space even just to mention all the completed steps for reaching this stage, I just announce briefly that the aims of my project have been entirely reached.