[In this work], a pah tung [a tube cloth used by women] is hung on a clothes-line above head level to provoke the audience into reacting. It is designed to invoke in people feelings towards the medium hung in front of them.
The title Akojorn means a tabooed area where one is not advised to tread. The pah tung is treated as lower than the bottom—it is never to be hung on the higher level of a clothesline such that it is possible to go underneath. It is considered a bad omen and damaging for one’s dignity to do so, particularly for men.
Pah tung is one identity for Thai women. The work Akojorn identifies a place where the pah tung belongs—on the lower clothesline, at the back of the garden or behind the back door. It reflects the status of Thai women. Nowadays not all women use the pah tung, but the status of women and how society treats them is no different.
Is it true that the place for the pah tung is a lower level of existence? Who designed this? Since when has it been so? [End Page 181]
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