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Malay abstractions of ecological patterns into geometricised expressions in palatial architecture and the applied arts

Baniyamin, Nurhaya and Jasmani, Ismail and Jahn Kassim, Puteri Shireen and Samsuddin, Abu Dzar (2020) Malay abstractions of ecological patterns into geometricised expressions in palatial architecture and the applied arts. Voice of Academia (VOA), 16 (2). pp. 53-67. E-ISSN 2682-7840

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Abstract

Malay ornamental traditions are more generally known for their curved, expressive and convoluted patterns, emerging from the traditions of woodcarvers and artisans in observing ecological forms, rather than geometric or gridded patterns. Typically, observed flora and fauna are developed into curvatures and ornate forms and translated into panels and ‘papan larik’ in vernacular, including palatial, architecture. This paper highlights a lesser known tradition in Malay architectural decorative traditions in which such ecological forms are abstracted into more geometrized elements, either due to the modularity needed for insertion as architectural elements, using techniques such as weaving, or modern techniques encountered bye craftsmen and builders; such as metallurgy. The paper highlights five examples in the palaces of Kedah, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Selangor, and examples of geometricized elements are also observed in applied arts. These highlights the essence of the Malay culture and civilization have a resource in both organic and geometric patterns evolvement which reflect a form of rationality and simplified geometric form, which had arisen from more traditional patterns such as weaving and paneling. The findings of the paper contribute to the availability of the range of expressions in Malay traditions in more modular design and format available for regional and localized identity in present modern buildings and development

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 81730/4136
Uncontrolled Keywords: abstraction, vernacular ornamentation, contextualisation, modern vernacular, aristocratic design, geometric motif
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA190 History
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA190 History > Medieval architecture
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
T Technology > TH Building construction > TH8001 Decoration and decorative furnishings
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Applied Arts and Design
Depositing User: Nurhaya Baniyamin
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 15:48
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 09:21
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/81730

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