The History of Thai Soap Carving began with Fruit and Vegetables. Fruit and vegetable carving began about 700 years ago in Sukothai, the capital of the Thai people. In preparation for one of their major festivals, Loi Kratong, one of the King's servants, called Nang Noppamart, tried to think how she could please the king. She took a flower and used it as a pattern to carve from. She then carved a bird and set it with its head pointing towards the flower. Loi Kratong is still celebrated today and Sukothai is one of the best places in Thailand to experience it.
Soap Carving is a relatively modern development that allows the skills of these talented craftsmen to be enjoyed and kept for generations.
Carving flowers out of the plain soap can be very amusing and amazing. During the 2 hour course, you will learn the basic skills in carving the soft and delicate soap. Then you will get to carve your own rose and get to choose one more flower : the orchid, jasmine or leelawadee. If time allows you can do all of them. After that, you will learn the technique of coloring your flowers.
Looking at these masterpieces of art, you find yourself wondering if you can ever use this soap for its intended purpose?