Fruit and Vegetable Carving Art

Mukimono, Fruit and Vegetable Carving Art

Green unripe pomelo, cauliflower, eggplant and apple peels are used to create the lovers.
Green unripe pomelo, cauliflower, eggplant and apple peels are used to create the lovers. | Source
An octopus with snake-guards as its tentacles.
An octopus with snake-guards as its tentacles. | Source
Cucumber, watermelon and cauliflower: Sublime, smug and happy
Cucumber, watermelon and cauliflower: Sublime, smug and happy | Source

About the Art

Fruit and vegetable carving is an art form, used mostly for decorations and sometimes to show artistic expression.

The origins of this art form are disputed (Thailand, China and Japan are suggested).

People who believe that this art form originated in China say it began in the time of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-906) and the Sung Dynasty (AD 960-1279) in China.

In Japan, fruit and vegetable carving art is called Mukimono which become popular in the Edo period, in sixteenth century, when Mukimono gained official recognition.

Those who believe fruit and vegetable carving originated in Thailand say it started during the Loi Kratong festival in the 14th century. Lots of intricate decorations are used during the Loi Kratong festival.

However, it was only in the mid 20th century, fruits and vegetable carving art began to grow outside Thailand. Today, this art form is popular the world over.

Nowhere can we see the popularity of fruit and vegetable carving as much as in Thailand. In Thailand this art form is taught in schools, and children as young as 11 years old are professionally trained.

Birds, flowers, trees and people are craved in fruit and vegetables, but you never know the limit of artists’ imagination. The art is mostly used for decorations, but also sometimes to exhibit artistic impressions.

Mukimono, fruit and vegetable carving art

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A cigarette on his lips a jerk is bothering a girl. Unripe pomelos are carved to create this interesting art.
A cigarette on his lips a jerk is bothering a girl. Unripe pomelos are carved to create this interesting art.
A cigarette on his lips a jerk is bothering a girl. Unripe pomelos are carved to create this interesting art. | Source
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Cucumber becomes an owl.
Cucumber becomes an owl. | Source
A pomelo smiles flashing its two big teeth.
A pomelo smiles flashing its two big teeth. | Source
Pumpkin looks dangerous when his tongue is made from a watermelon slice.
Pumpkin looks dangerous when his tongue is made from a watermelon slice. | Source

About the Artist

Artist: Sajan Thapa Magar

Art: Fruit and Vegetable Carving

Title: Mukimono

Objects used: Pomelo ( A fruit of citrus family found in Asia), lemon, eggplants, cucumber, watermelons, apple, cauliflower etc.



Sajan Thapa Magar, born in April 18, 1986, received his basic education in Dharan, a city located in the eastern part of Nepal. He is a self taught artist who held a solo exhibition of his arts at Gurukul, Kathmandu from November 18 to December 7, 2010.

His second exhibition, titled Mukimono (Fruits and Vegetable Carving), was showcased at Gurukul, Kathmandu in September, 2011.

Mr. Thapa Magar works as a theatre actor at Gurukul, one of the leading theatre companies in Nepal. He has performed in numerous plays and is well appreciated by the theatre critics in Nepal. Besides acting he also looks after lights, props and publicity departments at Gurukul, a School of Theatre.

Apart from performing plays and producing manpower for theatre, Gurukul also organizes art workshops and art exhibitions. At Gurukul, Sajan Thapa Magar got an exposure to numerous art events, which nurtured his interest in painting. In the beginning he copied other artworks, but as his creative impulse took rein over him, he marveled into his imagination. Today, he remains in touch with well established artists of Nepal like Prakash Chandwodkar, Karna Maskey and Kiran Manandhar, and has been receiving guidance and inspiration from them. After his first exhibition, he joined Kasthamandap Art Studio run by well established artists in Kathmandu, where he learned fruits and vegetable carving.

"On September 3, artist Sajan Thapa Magar, gave a perfect example of vegetable and fruit art by creating stunning art pieces from them. His artworks amazed the visitors who got opportunity to witness his creations at the art exhibition Mukimono held at Gurkul, Puranobaneshwor, Kathmandu.”

- The Himalayan Times, September 7, 2011

Mukimono

A green pomelo is given cauliflower leaves as headscarf; eyes are made from egg plant peels and lips from apple peels. Now she is a beautiful girl.
A green pomelo is given cauliflower leaves as headscarf; eyes are made from egg plant peels and lips from apple peels. Now she is a beautiful girl. | Source

Different Emotions

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Mukimono

An apple with a face of a man is hatched out of an egg.
An apple with a face of a man is hatched out of an egg. | Source

Carving Pain

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Tortured to Death: Man, Watermelon and Lemon
Tortured to Death: Man, Watermelon and Lemon
Tortured to Death: Man, Watermelon and Lemon | Source
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© 2011 Vinaya Ghimire

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Birthday Vinaya!!


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is amazingly beautiful and so very creative!

I have seen this art so many times, but did not know so many details.

Wonderful pictures and video. Thanks for sharing this entertaining hub!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I loved your photos and I will add them to my Pinterest board on food decor


angela sabu 2 years ago

its cannot be expressed in words


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WriterJanis 2 years ago from California

Interesting video and cool art work. Nice to find you here.


rcorcutt 3 years ago

Excellent HUB. Really cool topic and set up. I can tell you put in a lot of work.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Incredibly creative! I love this for its sheer originality. You have presented it so well here. I can see so many uses for these oddbeat veggie and fruit faces, from Halloween events and showers to birthdays. Voted way up and shared.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

WOW! What an amazing article. This is incredible. I loved the video and the images. Great job! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice day.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Amazing carvings. I love this hub. Up and every button I can push.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Incredible carvings. Enjoyed and passing this on.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

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Thank you very much for stopping by.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Oh, this is just so creatively wonderful! Shared everywhere and all votes up!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, wow, Vinaya, I love this hub. So creative and delightfully entertaining!!! I am glad I came to your profile page and saw this one highlighted, as I missed this one. The art made from fruit is stunning. I love your caption under the one with the cigarette in his mouth about him being a jerk! LOL

Your video is great, coupled with your awesome music choice.

I want to try this, as it would be so much fun to create out of fruit such as this. Love your new avatar/profile pic too . . . it's you : )

Voted up +++++ and sharing

God bless you,

Faith Reaper


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

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Thank you for visiting this page and sharing your views. God bless you.


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Elisha Jachetti 3 years ago

This is amazingly wonderful! I love when art is made in an unexpected way. It does take talent and skill to do and the fun part is you can eat the fruit you cut away!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is just remarkable! I love these ideas for carving fruits and vegetables. Terrific videos! This hub is so much fun. Voted up and completely across and will pin and share. Thank you Vinay!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I loved this Vinaya, we all need some smiles and laughter and you have brought it with this. Up and sharing.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal Author

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Thanks for your birthday wish. Have a blessed day.


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