This week’s photo introduces us to the Thai carving art known as Kae-Sa-Luk. Although the elaborate designs in this image are carved into soap, the practice began centuries ago with carved fruit used to decorate the tables of the Thai royal family.

Traveler Christina Lanzillotto caught a glimpse of this traditional art form while exploring Chiang Rai on our 16 Day Classic Thailand with Phuket  tour.

carved soap

The art of Kae-Sa-Luk lives on in Thailand and across Asia, and has recently begun to catch on in the United States, where artisans have carried the practice from their native region. Carvers are admired for the neatness, precision and mindfulness that the skill requires.

Discover your inner fruit sculptor with this handy beginner’s guide, and add some unexpected pizzazz your Memorial Day party!

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