Extraordinary Artistic Displays of Craftsmanship from around Thailand
Ornate Stone Carving
Wood + Bronze + Stone + Ivory + Soap + Fruit
Many magnificent Thai Carving Creations can be seen all over
Thailand from the biggest of cities to the smallest of villages.
Significant and extraordinary carvings can even be observed in the form
of beautifully intricately crafted sculptures too.
Should you decide to visit the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, you will get to see the wonderful work that has been done in producing an awe-inspiring masterpiece in the form of a hundred and five metre noble monument built entirely out of teak.
The numerous carvings produced and displayed in Thailand are very
much evident in a variety of some of the most unusual but nevertheless
spectacular creations. Many capture shapes in the form of wood carving,
stone carving, bronze carving, ivory carving as well as superb and
intricate soap carving and fruit carving.
It all boils down to the meticulous, articulate, patient and artistic ability that Thai artists have when it comes to achieving such extremely high standards in all fields of art. You also cannot help but marvel at the perfectionism and unique style the artists employ to create these carvings while utilizing a variety the local materials made available to them. Just watching them at work is a fascinating experience.
You get a first hand inside look into all of their creative dens as you amble around the cities and back yards as part of your travels. Thai artists allow you countless opportunities to view and enjoy their creations as they diligently ply their trade.
Artist at Work
can be found at all the tourist hotspots around Thailand. You will
find them on all the bustling city streets and in many shopping malls.
You will be able to buy these and other carvings at craft markets and
bazaars and even in some of the villages in the back and beyond.
craftsmen have no peers to speak of, so they tend to develop their own
traditional style by creating images of
mythological creatures like dragons and multi-headed serpents.
Decorative Thai Carving
You would be able to observe some very decorative carvings when
visiting many of the temples around Thailand. Just pause for a moment
before entering any of these buildings and look up towards the eaves.
You will be absolutely amazed at the sometime complex as well as
perplexing forms of art on some of the eaves.
One of the best places to view some superb examples would be at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, but you will certainly find many more decorative carvings at other royal buildings too. Many are very bright and colourful. Even the royal barges and carriages are enthralling to look at.
If you should ever venture out into the country-side, you would be able to spot a few stunning and mysterious carvings created out of wood on some of the more modest Thai homes.
Soap Carving first originated as a hobby in lots of villages around
Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. Locals practiced the delicate art of carving
images out of soap during leisure time between working on their farms
and the rice paddies. Many of these carvings were in the shape of
flowers. Soap carvings are sold at many of the night bazaars
along with numerous other handicrafts and souvenirs that were made. Today you will find soap artists at tourist venues all around the country.
Flower Soap Carving
Fruit and Vegetable Carving
It's hard not to be impressed by the exquisitely carved fruit and vegetables
that accompany meals in luxury hotels and restaurants in Thailand.
Watermelons, papaya, tomatoes, carrots, beets and even chillies are
magically transformed into various flowers such as roses and tulips
while cucumbers are carved into delicate petals and leaves and scallions
are transformed into tassels and chrysanthemums.
What was once
the preserve of women of the royal court, today, many ordinary Thai's
know some basic carving skills. However, skilled practitioners capable of
producing astonishing and elaborate creations are highly esteemed in
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