Ikebana – Japanese art of flower decoration

For many of us, the word flowers brings back pleasant memories that tend to bring a smile on our faces. It was interesting to see how countries and cultures have different ways of flower decorations. The Ikebana flower decoration technique from Japan – beauty in simplicity caught my eye.

Ikebana is the art of beautifully arranging cut stems, leaves, and flowers in vases and other containers that evolved in Japan over seven centuries. To arrange the stems and flowers exactly as one wishes, a familiarity with many different ways of fastening and positioning them is necessary. These techniques are what people attend ikebana classes to learn. Usually, three to five years are required to acquire these technical and expressive skills.

Reference: https://web-japan.org/kidsweb/virtual/ikebana/ikebana01.html

“The whole universe is contained in a single flower”

– Toshiro Kawase, Japan’s leading modern Ikebana Master

The whole flower arrangement is about perspective involving the elements of nature. The vase, the stems, the flowers chosen, the leaves, the directions they point to, the place where it would be set, lighting, perspective of the viewer, multiple perspectives, rules and do-s and dont-s.. all for flower arrangements which bring in harmony to the place and home πŸ™‚ Amazing..!!! While it takes 3-5 years to learn the art properly a 2-3 minute video on the basics to appreciate the art form given below…

Are you interested in making your own Ikebana for your home? This DIY tutorial should help https://www.bloomon.co.uk/blog/ikebana-diy-step-by-step-japanese-flower-arranging/

Looking forward to make my Ikebana in the next few weeks. Will post a picture of mine. Do share yours if you get to try one πŸ™‚

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