The Fruits of Their Labour
Art is a fruit that grows in man.
- Jean Arp
According to Thai lore, for the Royal of Festival of 1364, artist Nang Nopamas decorated a floating lantern with a variety of fruits and vegetables carved to resemble a delicate three-dimensional flower. Floating down the river in the moonlight, the lantern looked like a huge water lily, and so charmed King Phra Ruang that he decreed the carving technique a heritage of Thailand, a tradition to be taught to all Thai woman and passed down through the generations. Seven hundred years later, Ka-Sae-Luk, which translates to art carving, is still a thriving art form in Thailand.
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