“Complete study of traditional Thai colors used in mural paintings: Traditional Thai Color Name Dictionary” is published online in Early View by Wiley and SonsNovember 3, 2013
The article mentioned in my previous post was accepted after 6 months of reviews and one revision and is now already published as early view at:
Below are some comments written by reviewers:
"This paper is worth to publish in that it brings back the forgotten colors of one culture. Especially, based on the more detailed and improved methodology, it also presents reasonable methods for investigating traditional colors."
"This article presents a research about identification of traditional Thai colours for restoration of mural paintings. The beginning of this research was published online in CRA in November 2011: Identification of traditional Thai colours used for mural paintings and Khon masks. The article we review completes this previous one with an improved identification method and by adding some data. The improved identification method describes the use of a scanner to calculate the average L*a*b* color of a painting that is inhomogeneous, and the way to match it automatically with Munsell patches and NCS dictionary. This part is interesting and described in details. It could be useful for the numerous people who ever wished to turn their scanner into a colorimeter. The other main data added to the previous publication is the Thai colour name dictionary chapter, where are described color names, with explanation about structure of Thai language and colors that were identified or not. This part is interesting as this work was never done before and is important for history and art memory, and it could help for identification in temple and so conservation. The last chapter presents a plan to help painting restoration in situ with photography and application of the Thai color dictionary."
"This work about identification of traditional Thai colors is very important for temple art preservation and has never been done. An important work has been done to retrieve colors corresponding to traditional Thai color names. In this article is explained in details a method to turn a scanner in colorimeter, with most of the tables and references related to the demonstration. As it is an interesting, work, it should be more detailed in a separated article. In the presented article, this scanner work is not mentioned in the title and will not be retrieved by people searching such information."
The research was not aimed to emit abstract theories of unfinished nature just for filling the pages of some article. The aim was declared from the beginning and it consisted in developing a method for analyzing and identifying the traditional Thai colours and producing a Traditional Thai Colour Name Dictionary. The final output main-points of the research are:
1. the first internationally recognized method for analyzing and identifying traditional Thai colours, published in Colour Research and Application Journal in 2 articles and in 2 international congress proceeding articles, which can be accessed in our Downloads section at www.thaicolour.com;
2. the first ever released Traditional Thai Color Name Dictionary, presenting 147 traditional Thai colour names analyzed, identified, quantitatively described, explained, transliterated and translated, published in Color Research and Application journal;
3. one scientific software named Trichromatic Colour Analyser, described in 30% of the article published in Colour Research and Application journal as part of the improved methodology for analyzing and identifying traditional Thai colours; the software is developed now into a system that is successfully used in other projects.
The article is 14 pages long (journal's condensed format) and most of it contains no references because it presents research that has never been done before. The research is finalized and will have no follow-up articles. But I have the intention of writing a book with Dr. Preda, in order to describe extensively and less technically the Traditional Thai Colours.
I am now in the process of creating a database, using the natural pigments, dyes and binder indicated by the artists, for assembling recipes through automated matching of calculated colour-mixtures with the identified CIELAB values of the Traditional Thai Colours. Ready-to-use colour paints will be produced with these receips. The work is done in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Fine Art, Silapakorn University and the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture.