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Thursday, August 14, 2008

VEGETABLE AND FRUIT CARVINGS - AN OVERVIEW

VEGETABLE AND FRUIT CARVINGS - AN OVERVIEW WITH SOME OF THE BEST LINKS!

This is an overview of the fantastic art of Thai fruit carving, and Thai vegetable carving. Learn about vegetable carving tools, fruit carving tools, used for fruit carving and vegetable carving. See vegetable carving pictures, and videos, fruit carving pictures, and videos, books, online demo, classes, etc. A feast for your eyes as well as your palate!
Short History of Fruit and Vegetable Carvings!

The story of fruit and vegetable carving begins about 700 years ago in Sukothai, the capital of the Thai 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, Loi Kratong, one of the King’s servants, called Nang Noppamart, tried to think how she could make her Kratong more beautiful, in order 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. Loi Kratong is still celebrated today and Sukothai is one of the best places in Thailand to experience it.

Fruit and vegetable carving is also mentioned in the poetry of King Rama 2 who reigned from 1808-1824. He wrote about the beauty of Thai desserts and fruit and vegetable carving.

After the revolution in 1932 fruit and vegetable carving became less popular. Those worried about the art disappearing set up a course to train people to teach the art to everyone in Thailand. Today it is taught from the age of 11 in primary schools through secondary school and on to university where it is an optional subject. The art is now being passed to foreign people and is being practiced around the world. It is particularly popular with chefs who use it to improve the presentation of their food.

Everyone can now enjoy this amazing art in hotels, cruise liners, in every Thai restaurant around the world and on the internet. Everyday more and more people are discovering with disbelief and amazement the beauty of this Thai art thanks to the imagination of Nang Noppamart all those years ago.

(Sources: Fruit and vegetable carving by Nidda Hongwiwut and Eyewitness Travel Guides – Thailand)

The art of carving fruits and vegetables began in China do about 2000 years, for decorating plates and events. At the moment it is continued making the carving of habitual form in restaurants and great celebrations.

In Thailand this art was imported from China, in 1364, when one of the palace princess decorates a floating lamp (used in a Thailand traditional ceremony) with figures carved in fruits and vegetables. When seeing it, the king exclusively is touched and impels this art for his use in the court.

In 1932, the art of carving was "democraticed", when the King decides to extend forming the school professors. Thus, it happens to be more of the official arts, as the painting, music, dance, etc...

The difference between the Chinese and Thailand carving, one is based, basically, in the made reasons. The Chinese make allegorical figures and images of their stories and legends, whereas the Thailanders make flowers, mainly.

The above is only views and references taken from various articles, reviews and other sites for a fair idea of what Fruit and Vegetable Carvings are.


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HAT IS VEGETABLE AND FRUIT CARVING?


The purpose of fruit and vegetable carving is to make food more attractive, more appetizing, and also easier to eat. The accomplished homemaker welcomes her guests with fruit carefully pared, seeded, and perhaps cut into bite-size slices depending on the type of fruit. Vegetables are first delicately carved, then cooked, and finally arranged attractively to decorate the dish which they are part of. Needless to say, guests are greatly pleased to be honored with such a gracious welcome, displaying as it does the good feelings and willing hospitality of the maker. Decorating fresh, well-formed and colorful fruits and vegetables through artistic carving is by no means difficult. All it takes is concentration and a lot of practice. Starting out, there is no need for special carving knives. Though we shall go into the details of the types of tools available in the market for carving fruits and vegetables, for a start a sharp pointed knife is all we can do with.

GIVEN BELOW ARE SOME OF THE BEST SITES I COULD GO THROUGH. THEY CONTAIN NOT ONLY GREAT TIPS, LINKS AND ALSO THE TOOLS FOR VEGETABLE AND FRUIT CARVINGS! A GREAT ART THAT ENHANCES THE FEELING OF HOSPITALITY TOWARDS A GUEST WHEN INVITED FOR A PARTY, AND OTHERWISE ATTRACTION DURING EVENTS AND FUNCTIONS, BESIDES THE BENEFIT OF THE EDIBLE FACTOR OF COURSE!
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INDULGE YOURSELF IN THE PICTURES, AND GO THROUGH THE SITE ON THIS ETHEREAL TOUR OF VEGETABLE AND FRUIT CARVINGS!

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ART OF VEGETABLE GARNISHING
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A GREAT LINK TO VEGETABLE AND FRUIT CARVINGS!
at -

http://www.templeofthai.com/fruit_carving/

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VEGETABLE AND FRUIT CARVING BOOK
at http://www.dcothai.com/product_info.php?products_id=283

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  ANOTHER GREAT LINK TO THAI FRUIT CARVING
at http://www.thaifruitcarving.co.uk/shop2/index.php

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  THIS SITE REALLY FASCINATED ME! A MUST READ! at http://www.frutart.com/

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A REAL STUNNER OF A SITE- FRUIT CARVINGS! at http://www.fruitcarving.com/

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FRUIT And VEGETABLE CARVINGS - IDEAS and PATTERNS! 

at - http://www.chiff.com/a/watermelon-contest.htm

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  The complete Manual to Fruit and Vegetable Carving! 
at - http://www.chipsbooks.com/compveg.htm

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  The Art of Thai Fruit Carving!
at - http://www.modernthaifood.com/carving.html
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GREAT SCHOOLS, INSTITUTES AND COURSES FOR FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CARVING

The Carving Institute - Bangkok Thailand at - http://www.carvinginstitute.com/
 

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Fruit Carving for Beginners! Downloadable matter at - http://www.chiff.com/a/watermelon-basket.htm


Visit - Art Chef Inc. 

at - http://www.artchef.com/

These are just a few of the great links to this wonderful art of Fruit and Vegetable Carvings. Keep watching out for more!


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