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Photographer's Note

The "Fawn Leb" or Fingernail Dance usually consists of five pairs of dancers, each wearing six-inch-long brass fingernails. Dance movements often vary from province to province, but the choreographed stage position of performers in this dance is more fluid and both arm and head movement more robust. The elongated fingernails accentuate the classic hand movements of Thai Dance and in parts of the performance one or more pairs dance from a kneeling position at the front of the stage. Costumes are more varied in terms of color, although these too differ according to region.

The orchestra for the "Fawn Leb" consists of five to seven musicians playing the traditional Siamese instruments of the Glong Aw, the Bpee Mon, the Mon Tapone, the Glong Talod, the Sharb Yai, the Shing and the Mong. The orchestra is always seated in the traditional lotus position with the player of the Ranad, a long xylophone-like instrument, in the center and the others around him. Their dress is the simple color and fabric of the province.

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