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Dolls are not just for girls.
- Published: 27 Jun 2011 at 11.42
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Chaiyan Thotead has made a good business out of dolls many believe superior to Barbie and Blythe. They’re expensive though.
This stunning beauty, with her silky long hair, slender silhouette and that seductive gaze, is among Immortal Classique's porcelain doll collection created by Chaiyan Thotead.
Dolls are not just for girls.
Chaiyan Thotead, an English instructor from Chiang Mai, has built up quite a collection of dolls and action figures.
He wasn't completely satisfied with his hobby, however. Apart from costing a lot of money, he wanted to arrange them in more poses. His dolls, he felt, were too rigid and lacked articulation. So one day he thought: Why not make them yourself?
"I wanted to make male action figures but marketing-wise, there's more demand for female dolls," he said. "I had absolutely no knowledge of how to make them.
Doll-maker Chaiyan Thotead.
"But from studying the articulation of the action figures from my collection, reading doll-making books and searching the internet, I started crafting them with my older brother and after a period of trial and error we succeeded in bringing my sketches to life."
Chaiyan gave up teaching and turned his home into a doll studio, establishing his own Immortal Classique brand.
He oversees the aesthetic aspects and his brother, Youtana, develops the articulation. Twenty pieces and 14 joints, including articulated neck, shoulders, elbow, hips, and knees, are assembled to make one doll that allows a range of poses including sitting on the floor with legs tucked back to one side as well as sitting cross-legged.
A graceful Chinese beauty.
"We can only make four to five dolls a month because great craftsmanship is involved," he said.
"From my imagination, I sculpt and paint the faces of dolls myself and their faces convey different expressions."
As objects of art costing around $1,200 (about 36,000 baht), the dolls are so amazing that one would think they should be kept in a showcase. But you can certainly play with them as the doll maker attaches great importance to durability.
"We're still improving the articulation and sturdy joints," he said, "so that people can play with them as they want."
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Kanokporn Chanasongkram. For more information, visit http://www.immortalclassique.com or call 089-4298855. You can read the full story and see photos of more dolls, here http://bit.ly/iqVNYS
stunning – very impressive or beautiful ที่ตระการตา
slender – thin and delicate, often in a way that is attractive ผอมบาง, ผอมเพรียว
silhouette the shape of a person's body or of an object; the dark outline or shape of a person or an object that you see against a light background โครงร่าง, เค้าโครง, ภาพเงา
seductive – sexually attractive ซึ่งยั่วยวน, ล่อลวง
gaze – a long steady look at somebody/something การเพ่งมอง, การจ้อง
immortal – that lives or lasts for ever ซึ่งเป็นอมตะ, ชั่วนิรันดร์
porcelain – a hard shiny white substance used for making expensive dishes, cups, decorations etc เครื่องถ้วยเปลือกไข่
collection – a group of objects, often of the same sort, that have been collected (gathered together over period of time) การสะสม การเก็บรวบรวม
figure – a shape, especially of a person รูปร่าง, รูปทรง
satisfied – pleased because you have achieved something or because something that you wanted to happen has happened พอใจ ถูกใจ
hobby – sad because you are away from home and you miss your family and friends งานอดิเรก
pose – to stay in a particular position วางท่า
rigid – not able to be changed, bent, moved, or persuaded; stiff or fixed ความแข็งแกร่ง, ตายตัว
articulation – a joint or connection that allows movement ข้อ
male – belonging to the sex that does not give birth to babies; connected with this sex ตัวผู้, เพศผู้, ผู้ชาย
female – being a woman or a girl สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
-wise – concerning; in the manner or direction of
absolutely – completely โดยสิ้นเชิง, อย่างแท้จริง
craft – to make objects, especially in a skilled way ทำด้วยมือ
trial and error – a way of achieving an aim or solving a problem by trying a number of different methods and learning from the mistakes that you make การลองผิดลองถูก
sketch – a simple picture that is drawn quickly and does not have many details ภาพร่าง
establish – to start a company or organization that will likely continue for a long time สถาปนา, ก่อตั้ง, จัดตั้ง
brand – a type of product made by a particular company ตรา, ยี่ห้อ
oversee – to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly คุมงาน,ควบคุม
aesthetic – nice to look at, relating to beauty ซึ่งชื่นชมความงามหรือศิลปะ, ที่เกี่ยวกับความงาม
aspect – one part of a situation, problem, subject, etc ด้าน,มุม
joint – a place where two bones are joined together in the body in a way that enables them to bend and move ข้อต่อ (กระดูก)
neck – the part of the body between the head and the shoulders ลำคอ (อวัยวะ), คอ
shoulder – one of the two parts of your body between your neck and the top of your arms ไหล่
elbow – the part in the middle of your arm where it bends ข้อศอก
hip – one of the two parts at either side of your body between your waist and the top of your legs สะโพก
knee – the joint between the top and bottom parts of the leg where it bends in the middle หัวเข่า
assemble - bring parts together in a single group ประกอบ
tuck – to put something into a small space, especially to hide it or keep it safe or comfortable สอดเข้าไป
range – a number of different things that are of the same general type ขอบข่าย, ประเภท
cross-legged – sitting on the floor with your legs pulled up in front of you and with one leg or foot over the other ไขว่ห้าง
craftsmanship – skill at making things ฝีมือ
imagination – the ability to form pictures in the mind จินตนาการ
sculpt – to make figures or objects by carving or shaping wood, stone, clay, metal, etc แกะสลัก
expression – a look on a person's face that shows their thoughts or feelings ลักษณะท่าทาง, การแสดงออก
convey – to communicate something; to express a thought, feeling or idea so that it is understood by other people สื่อไปถึง, สื่อสาร
object – a thing that can be seen and touched, but is not alive วัตถุ, สิ่งของ
amazing – very surprising, especially in a way that makes you feel pleasure or admiration น่าประหลาดใจ, น่าแปลกใจ
showcase – a box with a glass top or sides that is used for showing objects in a shop/store, museum, etc. ตู้กระจกแสดงสินค้าหรือสิ่งของให้ชม
durability – the ability to last for a long time without breaking or getting weaker ความทนทาน, ความแข็งแกร่ง
sturdy - physically strong and solid or thick, and therefore unlikely to break or be hurt แข็งแกร่ง