Thai people have an exquisite eye for the artistic. This gets reflected in the day to day life at all levels. If we take the market place out in the open, we find there well arranged fruits and vegetables of all shapes and hues. As people come and buy, these things would be in disarray no doubt, but the vendor would again go in to his skills of deft arrangement.
That is why we carry the images of fruits and flowers from the floating market and Chatuchak. Writing in the 60s, the Italian author Luigi Barzini wrote about the Italian fruit vendor who would spend hours in polishing and arranging his apples. The Thai is a little like the Italian in this regard.
In the above photograph, green coconuts are cut with a flat base and arranged one above the other to fit into a small area.