Ikebana-Harmony in Nature

Ikebana-Harmony in Nature

- Susan Sharma

 Japanese Ikebana (literally 'flowers kept alive') is a lot more complex than putting beautiful flowers together..

More than simply putting flowers in a container, ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together.

Ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line and form.  Though ikebana is a creative expression, it has certain rules governing its form. The main rule is that all the elements used in construction must be organic, be they branches, leaves, grasses, or flowers. 

The structure of a Japanese flower arrangement is based on a scalene triangle delineated by three main points, usually twigs, considered in some schools to symbolize heaven, earth and man;   in others  sun, moon and love.



The spiritual aspect of ikebana is considered very important to its practitioners. Silence is a must during practices of ikebana. It is a time to appreciate things in nature, which people often overlook because of their busy lives. One becomes more patient and tolerant of differences, not only in nature, but also in general. Ikebana can inspire one to identify with beauty in all art forms. This is also the time when one feels closeness to nature which provides relaxation for the mind, body, and soul.

Given below is a slideshow of some wonderful flower arrangements in the Ikebana style which were exhibited in Gurgaon in January 2010.  Most of us  connect to nature in our own way-for some it is through visiting National Parks, for others it is birdwatching or macro photography to reveal the insect kingdom.  For many women it is through gardening and for the artistically inclined, Ikebana is a great way!

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