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Updated on October 20, 2013

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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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy Birthday Vinaya!!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 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 3 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

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      angela sabu 3 years ago

      its cannot be expressed in words

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

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

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      rcorcutt 4 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 4 years ago from Nepal

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      FlourishAnyway 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Nepal

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      Susan Haze 4 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 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

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

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Nepal

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

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      Elisha Jachetti 4 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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      Audrey Hunt 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Nepal

      Lovedoc,

      Audrey

      Thanks for your birthday wish. Have a blessed day.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I am off to try to carve some radishes--I thought I would start small! Happy Birthday Vinaya!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Happy Birthday!! I came back to hear this song.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Vinaya, this is one of your best hubs on fruit and vegetable carvings. I came back to revisit and to listen to this cool song. Love the pictures as well. Voting up & sharing.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Charu, fruit and vegetable carving is very popular in east Asian countries.

      Thanks for stopping by

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      Charu Bhatnagar 4 years ago from India

      I was not aware of any such Art Form. World is full of Creativity I guess. Very nice hub. Thanks.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hi acaetnna, it was fun to watch the artist carve amazing figures from fruits and vegetables.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Oh what fun and how very clever.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Debby,

      I have never tried doing this but love to watch artists in action. Thanks for your comment.

      Cheers

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Vinaya ~ An unusual art form, which can be fun for all ages, if care is taken with the knife. I wonder if you could use a plastic knife for carving? I found a number of the sculptures scary and frightening. Blessings, Debby

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Marlene,

      Thanks for being around.

      Have a great weekend.

      Cheers

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I love the music on the background and this hub on vegetable and fruit carving is fantastic! Hope everything is well with you.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Themla,

      fruit and vegetable carvings are indeed awesome. Thanks for stopping by.

      Cheers

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! This is a great creation of the artist. Thanks for sharing this. Great hub. Voted up and shared;-)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Marlene,

      This hub alone draws 20 percent of my hub traffic. Thanks for being here.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Cheers

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Hi Vinaya, this is one of my favorite hubs. It is so original. The lovers look very funny. Nice background music and good history on vegetable and fruit carving. Voted up!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Rema,

      Magar is a self taught artist. Ever since I published his works, his stature is outgrowing.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Cheers

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Vinaya,

      A great visual treat. Lovely hub. Hats off to you for presenting Magar's artistic work beautifully. Cheers, Rema.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Brilliant Carvings - I just don't trust myself with knives. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      WOW!! Enjoyed reading. A great artist. Voted up and shared.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Marlene,

      I did not create these artworks. However, I photographed artworks and created the video.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Cheers.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      One of your best creations.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hi acaetnna,

      Fruit and vegetable carving is awesome. Thanks for stopping by.

      Cheers

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Wow this is completely awesome!!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      @midget, thanks for stopping by to give a great comment. Cheers

      @Mike, I'm glad that you thought this worthy of share. Regards

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      Mike Robbers 5 years ago from London

      the best fruit & vegetable carving I've ever seen! A good friend of mine is a cartener , just sent him your hub :)

      Voted up & shared

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Beautiful and comprehensive!! A write which I will share. Thanks for giving us such detailed history of vegetable carvings!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      @Christy, thanks for always complimenting my works.

      @DDE, thanks for your comment.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Excellent Hub with such creative ideas voted up!!!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow Vinaya I can see why you receive so many comments on this hub. What a neat topic! You offer factual information about the artist as well as explaining about each piece of art. What a creative use of fruits and vegetables. I vote up and sharing too.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Eddy, thanks for your compliments.

      Regards

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      What a fun and clever hub Vinaya and here's to so many more to come.

      Eddy.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Swetankraj,

      It felt good to talk to you last night. I was sleepy otherwise I would have stayed much longer.

      Thanks for stopping by to comment.

      Cheers

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      Swetank Raj 5 years ago from India

      Great hub again! I remember i used to make one of those when i was kid but not best as these!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      @teaches, fruit and vegetable carving is a wonderful art form.I'm always amazed by artist's creative imagination. Thanks for your comment.

      @mary, fruit and vegetable carving art is kept alive by caterer in many countries. Thanks for your comment

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I really enjoyed learning about this art form. I have a friend who is a caterer. She makes beautiful designs for serving fruits and veggies.

      I voted this Hub UP and will share

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Vinaya, this was such a great hub on this art form. It must be fun to carve these creations from fruit. I have seen similar carvings from watermelons, but only as decorative bowls for serving. Fascinating!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Eddy, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment.

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      Eddy Jones 5 years ago from Wales.

      Brilliant what an original and wonderful hub.

      Eddy.

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      Eddy Jones 5 years ago from Wales.

      Brilliant what an original and wonderful hub.

      Eddy.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Jeannieinabottle, thank you very much.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This has my vote for most interesting hub this year for the Hubbies! I am going to share this with followers!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Gypsy, thanks for your compliments.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Love this picture gallery. My top favorite is the owl. Thank you for sharing and passing this on.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

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      Thank you all for reading the hub, watching the video, and leaving appreciative comments.

      I'm honored and blessed with fellow writers like you.

      Regards

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      These are some very delicious looking pieces of art. I don't know whether to look at them or eat them. Very unique article I truly appreciate it. Voted up, beautiful, awesome, and shared.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow Vinaya,

      I came back to check out the video and am so glad I did. It's truly awesome and looked so professional. As always, you were very generous about giving credit to everyone else who participated in its creation.

      Voted up across the board and am sharing.

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      I love looking at the ordinary objects of our daily lives and seeing how somebody can take them and create them into something so amazing. This was a spectacular piece written about a very fun topic! Thanks for sharing all of the cool pictures as well!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Wow, these are amazing! So much more interesting than our halloween pumpkins usually are. I’ll be trying a lot harder come October! Thanks for sharing this.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Dear Safa, thanks for your visit.

      I'm honored and blessed with a writer friend like you.

      Cheers

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      Safa bird 5 years ago

      Impressive fruit and vegetable carvings!

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      Hi Raci,

      thanks for stopping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

      I appreciate your time on this hub.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      a very unique hub Vinaya and an awesome one...keep it up...love the photos...

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hi poshcoffeeco,

      thanks for watching the video.

      Cheers

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      It was a great hub before. Now it is even better.

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      Hello Lovedoc,

      thanks for always following my works.

      Cheers

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Vinaya,

      This is one of my favorite hubs from you. The video rocks! It's really funny! You're a writer, an artist.. I see a lot of talent here.. keep up the good work:)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      @Sunshine, thanks for appreciating my work and leaving comment here, there, everywhere.

      @Jools, I used Windows Movie Maker to create this video.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Vinaya, this is great. What software did you use to make the video, it looks really professional. I'm going to give this a go.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your video is AMAZING! Love the music you selected!!!:)

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      Thank you my dear fellow writers for appreciating my work.

      Regards

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is amazing talent. I'm glad I came across this hub. So cool! Happy birthday, Vinaya. Many votes on this one!!!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I truly enjoyed the food carving history here, and all the imagery. It goes to show that talent can even be found in the food categories for creative artistic displays, awesome hub! voted up and definitely getting shared elsewhere.

      Your selfless levels of sharing here using links of others besides yourself, is also very nice of you and kind to do. Thanks for being such a cool individual, and so selfless as well as a compassionate writer.

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      Angelme566 5 years ago

      this is super cute..love this whole thing..this made me smile.

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Beautiful Carvings! Loved it!!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      @Millionaire, thanks for your comment. It is interesting to note that how expressions differ in these carvings.

      @Natashalh, I'm not the artist but the photographer. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      You made these carved vegetable faces? That's amazing!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are amazing. Hilarious and cute, even if they are scary!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Dear Peggy,

      thanks foe being generous with your comments.

      Regards

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These carvings are amazing! It must have been so much fun to see all of them in person and to be able to take these photos. Thanks for the smiles this afternoon!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello robie,

      thanks for your comment.

      Cheers

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I love these-- I am a fan of this sort of thing anyway, and these are some of the best I have ever seen-- what a talented guy this is.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Dear Nare

      Creativity has no limit. Thanks for your comment.

      Cheers

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Oh s awesome! Could never think people can be this creative!

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      Jenny 5 years ago

      This is awesome

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      Thank you all for your wonderful comment.

      Regards

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      What a great fun hub! I love the owl, and the rabbit! lol! what a fantastic artist, wonderful, nell

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This is a great hub! I really enjoyed looking at this fruit art. Great artist! Beautiful pics voted up and shared!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Vinaya, this is absolutely brilliant. I must share and pimp it all over... :)