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The origins of Thai fruit and vegetable carving date back to the Loi Krathong festivals of the 14th century Sukothai era.
It is said that in the year 1364 one of King Phra Ruang's servants wanted to create a unique decoration for her raft, carving a flower and a bird for that purpose. The king was so impressed by the elegance and beauty of the carving that he decreed that every woman should learn this new art.
Throughout the centuries fruit and vegetable carving enjoyed changing popularity, sometimes almost disappearing and at other times being a favourite pastime even practiced by kings.
At present the basics of this art are taught in Thailand in primary and secondary schools as well as in optional courses at some Universities, mainly as an effort to raise the interest of young Thais for their cultural heritage.