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The Art of Ikabanna Flower arrangements and its History

Ikebana arrangement PICT0026  Have you ever been curious about the art of Ikabanna Flower arrangements?

There are many styles of floral arranging. To learn them, a florist will attend special training or workshops to learn them. With people who want a simple and less complicated look, Ikebana flower arrangements are becoming more and more popular.

I4.-BF1129E_Lotus_ikebanakebana is the form of Japanese flower arranging . Ikebana means giving life to flowers. In contrast to western floral arrangements, Ikebana focuses on line, simplicity, symbolism, and the precise placement of the flowers. Japanese floral design is steeped in tradition and symbolism. It depicts and symbolizes nature.

dli48bg3General designs display three main lines (elements). Each line has a particular placement, height ,and angle . Line is emphasized without regard to colour or mass. Simplicity and negative space is important in order to recognize the three main lines.  Uncluttered is regarded as fundamental.  The three elements in ikebana, shin, soe, and tai represent heaven, man, and earth to symbolize that man is found between the sphere of heaven and the soil of earth.

The use of colour is characteristic of Japan’s culture and beauty.  Bold reds, yellow, blue, and greens with distinctive uses of black and white are presented in all Japanese art including flower design. Placement of the Kenzan or frog is very important and can change the look of the arrangement depending on where it sits.

Every flaw is left as is and the flower or foliage is used as is. This is how you find it in its true form in nature and this is how it is used in the Ikebana. An arrangement is generally done in the place it is to be displayed. Although it has simple lines, some ikebana designs are intricate and can be delicate to move around.

The spiritual aspect of ikebana is considered very important to its practitioners. It is a time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives. One becomes more patient and tolerant of differences, not only in nature, but also in general. As I find with gardening, I feel close to nature when I create an Ikebana arrangement and it gives me the chance to find relaxation for the mind, body, and soul.

Ikebana has been traced back to Japan in the 7th century. The first students and teachers of Ikebana were Buddhist priests. As time passed, many other schools emerged, styles changed, and Ikebana became a custom among Japanese society.ccd03ecbc86e2dc1c88ad0f41970ac95

It has found its way to the west and many people now enjoy the look and feel of this type of flower arranging.

Give us a call today and arrange a special floral design for your home or office and remember, Flowers go from your heart….to theirs.

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