Name: Klui.
Type: Aerophones > Duct > Flutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.211.12
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Country: Thailand.
Region: South-East Asia.

Description: The khlui [in Thai: ขลุ่ย] is a vertical duct flute from Thailand. Originated before or during the Sukhothai period [1238-1583AD] along with many other Thai instruments. The history of this flute was officially recorded as a Thai instrument by king Trailokkanat [1431-1488], who sets the official model of the instruments. It is a duct-flute. it survives to the present day as the khlui phiang aw.

Types: With a long history, the instrument had been modified to be used in other occasions, making new types of Khlui that was invented. There are 3 main types of Khlui, although there are also many others. The 3 types of Khlui, that is still popular to the present day. These versions of the khlui are the khlui phiang aw, khlui phiang lib or the khlui u.

Construction: Generally made of bamboo, though instruments are also made from hardwood or plastic. After many generations of modifications.


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