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The beautiful and delicate art of Thai fruit carving (which I found on the Net)

Fruit and vegetable carving is a venerable tradition which has been passed down from ancient times. Fruit and vegetable carving is considered one of the ten traditional Thai crafts. It is thus held to be an ancient art and is used in making food offerings for monks, entertaining guests, ordinations, wedding, and royal funerals.


Although fruit and vegetable carving is practiced in China, Japan, and other countries, nowhere is Thai skill matched nor has the art been developed as long as in Thailand.


With their patience and desire to express affection, Thais have a liking for handicraft work. Adorning an object to make it a thing of beauty is a creative act, and this is precisely what is involved in enhancing the natural beauties of fruits and vegetables through imaginative carving, a priceless inheritance passed down from generation to generation.


This is certainly something I would like to learn ... and this photo is colorful and inviting ....I have always been intrigued by this skill ... to see more:

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Taken on April 3, 2004