My name is Sumalee and I come from Thailand, where the art of fruit and vegetable carving started. Nowadays this wonderful skill is known throughout the world, but here I hope to be able to introduce you to some of the delights of the traditional fruit and vegetable carving of my country.
Want to learn Thai fruit and vegetable carving, from very beginner to advanced standard? I can teach you, in easy and informal weekly lessons. To book your course right away, call me on 07912 114257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or use the same contact details to order carvings for your celebration.
The story of fruit and vegetable carving begins about 700 years ago in Sukothai, the capital of the Tai people, in what is now the north of central Thailand. Sukothai was the capital of the region from 1240 - 1350.
In preparation for one of their major festivals, Loy Kratong, one of the King’s servants, called Nang Noppamart, tried to think how she could make her Kratong more beautiful, to please the king.
She took a flower and used it as a pattern to carve from. She then carved a bird and set it with its head pointing towards the flower. Loy Kratong is still celebrated today and Sukothai is one of the best places in Thailand to experience it.