Traditional Knowledge Principles of Thai Fruit and Vegetable Carving

Saibangorn Panprom, Kla Somtrakool, Pairat Thidpad


This qualitative investigation uses a participatory research method to document the traditional knowledge and state of fruit and vegetable carving in Thailand. Results show that successfully inherited traditional carving designs are simple and easy to learn. More intricate designs live and die as the artistic signature of the individual artisan and are not usually inherited. The intricacy of the displays will reflect the level and prestige of the events at which they are shown, which are primarily hotel banquets and contests. All modern fruit and vegetable carved displays are based on traditionally inherited principles. There are problems with the traditional craft in six major categories: materials, designers, sculptors, design development, inheritance and added-value creation. Ultimately it is important for all artisans to be well-trained in the traditional concepts of the art but creative and pragmatic in their design concepts.

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Asian Culture and History   ISSN 1916-9655(Print)   ISSN 1916-9663 (Online)

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