Born and raised in Fukui Prefecture is Tomoko Sato and is now based in Kyoto. She realized in 2004 her passion for carving art. Tomako Sato creates edible artwork featuring designs into vegetables and fruits.
Tomako Sato traveled to Thailand as it is believed to be the center for fruit carving. She went to hone her skills and is now advanced to such a great height that she is teaching the carving art in Fukui, her hometown and in Kyoto, besides producing her art projects.
Tomako Sato has a special eye for arts that she fills even the blank canvases with her delicate art. She visited Thailand in 2004 and it was the year she began learning this Thai traditional carving craft. She learned the skill and shifted to carving vegetables and fruits, giving up woodworking.
Today, Tomoko turns easily the ordinary foods into intricate edible sculptures. All her carving arts is a skill that it includes symmetrical patterns, beautiful ornaments, and the shapes are out-of-this world. She is highly talented.
This carving art is an art form known as Kae sa luk in Thai. It requires subtlety, extreme dedication, and eye for any detail. Vegetable or fruit becomes an art work for her, a skilled fruit carver. For her cucumbers, strawberries or applies, everything comes into the art form. Her popular choices are watermelon carved into three-dimensional roses, layered roses, featuring intricate petals and also delicate swans.
A common belief is that this art of carving vegetables and fruits started in China and lasted from 618-906AD. The same edible art pieces today are used in traditional and cultural ceremonies. It is also found in hotels, households, and restaurants.
Thailand is full of carving art and this craft has a very special place in the craft field. The watermelon carvings relate to the Sukhothai dynasty that was ruling in the XIV century. Legend says in 1364, the King Phra Ruang reign lady was Nang Noppomart and she wanted her raft to be outstanding in the festival. She took to carving a flower and a tiny bird sitting on it. Her skills impressed the king that he decided all the women in Thai to master the carving art skill.
Now, vegetable and fruit carvings are the mainstream and even the Western audiences are reaching for it. Carving arts are incorporated widely into wedding displays, luxury cuisine and lavish decors.
Fruit Carving Art-Tomoko Sato
Some Soap Carivng Art