You might be wondering what ikebana is. Well, we here at Verdissimo, the largest producer of preserved plants and flowers, are going to tell you.
Ikebana is a concept that’s also known as Japanese floral art. Translated literally, it means “living flower” or “the way of the flower,” and it’s closely related to Zen traditions and is widely regarded to be an integral part of Japanese culture.
It’s considered to be an ephemeral art since its duration is limited to how long the cut flowers last.
Ikebana: A Time for Reflection
The time taken to create compositions of this type of Japanese art are often used as a period of reflection during which time seems to stand still. This spiritual aspect is the most important element of ikebana. The purpose of making ikebana floral arrangements is not to create decorations. Rather, the purpose is to learn to appreciate certain things that people normally ignore. These ‘things’ tend to be associated with nature and the beauty of the shapes of the flowers.
Another purpose is to reflect so as to learn to be more patient, thus balancing the mind, body, and soul, thereby arriving at a state of absolute relaxation.
How Is Ikebana Done?
To do Japanese floral art you just need cut flowers, branches, leaves, seeds, or fruits. You don’t need to use all of these elements, but you do need to combine at least a few of them. With your selected products in hand, you need to create a Tai-Yo-Fuki triangle, which corresponds to the terms ‘sky,’ ‘earth,’ and ‘mankind.’
When making ikebana creations it’s fundamental that you maintain asymmetry with the purpose of achieving harmony. This is done by attaching the products to a ‘kenzan’ which is supported on a recipient known as a ‘kaki.’
Contemplation is the final step of the process of doing floral art. Once the creation has been finished, you should dedicate a (brief) period of time to contemplating what you’ve done and to reflect on the process of creation; as is the case with nearly all Zen art forms, the important thing is not the final action but rather the path that led to that action.
Ikebana and Minimalism
Japanese floral art is very closely linked to the minimalist style of décor. A floral arrangement can be composed of just a few products, and its structure is usually very simple. Practitioners almost always create scalene triangles that are perfectly defined by three points, thus forming very simple, elegant, minimalist compositions that are based on the famous “less is more” mantra.
If you’re excited about entering the world of ikebana, you can try it with Verdissimo’s products, which will allow you to enjoy not only the creation process but also a long-lasting final product, since Verdissimo’s products don’t require hardly any maintenance; they maintain their beauty for a long time with no need for water or sunlight.
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