crucibles not containing more than 100 pounds each, a colossal statue of fifty feet in height has been produced in the capital.*
Some of the most costly of the garments worn by the people of high rank were, as we learnt, manufactured in their houses ; and they prided themselves on their being able to produce textures more valuable than any they imported from foreign countries. The laws forbid the use of certain garments to any but persons of elevated condition. As to the ordinary dresses of the people, they are almost wholly made jfrom cotton stuffs of foreign origin.
Earthenware of coarse quality, tiles, and the common productions of the potter's wheel, are provided by native manufacturers : so are vessels of brass and iron, and the domestic utensils for daily use.
I have received the following native account of the mode of manufacturing a peculiar species of cloth, the use of which is confined to the nobility, who boast that it has never been successfully imitated out of Siam :a
44 This description of cloth, called Pha Poom, is used by gentlemen of distinction and rank in Siam and Cambodia, as sarongs or dresses, and is also worn by the nobles and followers of his Majesty and his ambassadors. This description of cloth has been manufactured to perfection in Siam and Cambodia from ancient times.
44 In the manufacturing of this cloth, white silk yarn is used, and dyed in the following manner :a
* Pallegoix, i. 354.* Pallegoix, i. 354.