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A study of an iconic representations of textile designs in temple paintings of Sri Lanka

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Since ancient times textiles have become a rich cultural heritage. Textile designs convey a rich textile tradition in Sri Lanka in the maritime region mural paintings which are significant in their stylistic, elegant and complex nature. This iconic representation of Sri Lankan art produced an elaborate textile tradition that blended with an important visual, cultural expression and a distinctive craftsmanship. These design motifs are different compared to the other temple mural tradition in Sri Lanka showing originality and response to a well formed social economic structure. It is, in terms of textile design, aesthetic of artistic value, visually intense, as a priority and has a wide range of design placement types. The objective of the study is to identify the textile design patterns and its unique design formats depicted in the Southern school of art with a view to identifying it’s an iconic features. The present study adopted the qualitative research method and data were gathered from the three selected temples in the Southern province and one temple from the Western province; Purvaramaya at Kataluwa, Sunandaramaya at Ambalangoda, Thotagamuwa temple at Telwatta, Sri Subadhraramaya Balapitiya and Subodharamaya at Karagampitiya, Colombo (Western province) This study reveals the sophistication of textile design composition, its characteristics and the rising demand for such flora and fauna for print designs.
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  • Department of Textile & Clothing Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa 10400, Sri Lanka
  • Department of Textile & Clothing Technology, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa 10400, Sri Lanka
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