The following is a question that I got from a student after he viewed my post showing photos of  Thai carvings at the Songkran festival. You can view those photos here:

Perhaps you have this same questions, so here it is followed by my answer:

The question:

carved Daikon flowerHi and Good Afternoon:  I really liked the shade of purple used to dye the diakon.  Other than the standard blue,yellow,red and green food coloring found in grocery stores I have not been able to locate food coloring that gives a pastel shade to carvings.  I suppose I could mix red and blue and try to come up with an acceptable shade of purple but was wondering if oriental/asian stores handle a different food coloring than those commonly available? continue reading…