The delightful Sakumi and her husband Somkiet own Hong Shop, located in Bangkok's Chatuchak Market and specialising in Antiques and TeakWood Carvings from Thailand. But it was their beautiful coloured Resin Sitting Buddhas that we fell in love with. There are a few stalls in Chatuchak selling these figurines but Hong Shop's stand out for their clear resin indicating the quality of the product.
In Thai tradition each day of the week is associated with a specific colour. The day of the week on which a person is born still retains importance in Thai culture and the associated colour will be considered their lucky colour. The colours associated with each day are listed below. We have a Sitting Buddha for each day of the week.
Monday = Yellow
Tuesday = Pink
Wednesday = Green
Thursday = Orange
Friday = Blue
Saturday = Purple
Sunday = Red
Plant resins have a very long history that was documented as far back as as ancient Greece and ancient Rome, especially in the resins known as frankincense and myrrh, prized in ancient Egypt. These were highly prized substances, and required as incense in some religious rites. Amber is a hard fossilized resin from ancient trees.
The word "resin" has been applied in the modern world to nearly any component of a liquid that will set into a hard lacquer or enamel-like finish. An example is nail polish, a modern product which contains "resins" that are organic compounds, but not classical plant resins. Certain "casting resins" and synthetic resins (such as epoxy resin) have also been given the name "resin" because they solidify in the same way as some plant resins.
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