The history of Thai Carving (fruit and vegetable carving) started about 700 years ago in Sukothai, the former capital of Thailand from 1240 -1350. In preparation for the Loi Kratong. The festival that happens the night of full moon in the month of November every year. People will bring their floats to float in the river, to play respect and thanks the mother of water. Which is one of the most important festivals in Thailand. One of the King’s subjects, Miss Nang Noppamart, tried to create a gift, how she could make her Kratong(float) more beautiful in order to amaze the king. She took a flower and used it as a pattern to carve a copy from into a fruit. Then she carved a bird and set it aside the flower. Loi Kratong festival is still celebrated today and Sukothai is maybe one of the best places in the world 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 as well as Thai Carving.
After the revolution in 1932 Thai Carving became less popular. The Thai government concerned about the art disappearing and set up courses to train people to teach the art to everyone in Thailand. The art of carving also passed on the foreigner and being practiced around the world. Kae- Sa- Luk is the Thai word for Thai Carving. To perform this art, people must show patience, eye concentration, steady hands and create a perspective of the art form while the cut of each line is made.