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‘Vegetable’ here has the meaning in the broad sense of ‘plants’ and any edible part of plants without making the distinction between fruit and vegetables. The carving of fruit en vegetables is a real art and very popular in Thailand.

In Thai language it is called: _KAE SA LUK_ 

thai-veg-sculptuur-20120121-135909-wvde-600pIn history we find examples of the art in ancient China and in Japan.

Legend places the origin of the Thai version at the royal court in the era of Sukhothai in the fourteenth century and connects it to the first Loy Krathong festivals.

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We eat with our eyes first and therefore culinary art makes thankfully use of the decorative results of fruit and vegetable carving which is creating colorful flowers, animals and other objects.

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In Wat Dhammapateep a group of enthusiast “artists” is learning and practicing each Saturday afternoon under the guidance of Mrs. Wintop, better known as Mrs. lek. meloensculptuur-20100508-153145-wvde-450p



Photo Gallery (Pictures: G. Kempenaers 27/03/2012):

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