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Ikebana: It Is More Than Arranging Flowers

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As a florist, you must be in constant search of different flower arrangement methods that give your business an edge over the others. Ikebana is one of those flower arrangement methods that will keep you on the front foot. This arrangement method not only is artistic butialso bears spiritual benefits.

History of Ikebana

Ikebana is a Japanese style of flower arrangement whose history dates back to the 6th century.  This flower arrangement method borrows its success from traditional Buddhist flower offering rituals. At first, the offerings were informal before they spread to Japan in the 10th century. During the 10th century, and in more formal rituals, the flowers were put in containers. But it is not until the 15th century that the flower arrangements were discovered to be some form of art in Japan. Where conventional flower arrangement methods pay attention to bloom and color, ikebana puts more emphasis on the flowers' leaves and stems, asymmetry, and overall line and form.  

Making A Simple Ikebana

Even though there are different styles of ikebana, you can come up with a simple one that still looks classy. You will require a minimum of three plant materials or flowers of different lengths, a floral frog for the purpose of holding up stems and flowers, and a shallow vessel filled with water to a height of about one and a half inch.

  • Inside your vessel, position the floral frog at seven o'clock.
  • Take the longest stem and position it at 11 o'clock on the floral frog. Make it lean at an angle of 10 to 30 degrees towards your shoulder (left). Note that the longest stem is supposed to be 1.5 times the width or the total height.
  • Take the second-longest stem, place it at 8 o'clock on the floral frog, and lean it towards your shoulder (left) at angle of 45 degrees.
  • Take the third longest stem, place it at four o'clock on the floral frog, and lean it at 75 degrees towards your shoulder (right).

You can add as much flower or plants to the floral frog as you wish. Just maintain the asymmetry, simplicity and form. When adding the flowers, ensure that the floral frog is covered but the water in the vessel is still visible.

Ikebana is more than a piece of art. It has spiritual aspects that are believed to be very important. One is that you become quiet when practicing ikebana by entering into a meditative state. And in doing so, you begin to appreciate and acknowledge things that you used to see as insignificant in nature. Another aspect is that you develop a patient character and become more tolerant with nature and people. You may also find yourself engaging in different forms of art such as music and painting.