Ikebana - Floral Arrangement

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A Ikebana ((I.e.) is originally from India, where the arrangements were intended for the Buddha, and was personalized in Japanese culture, which made it more known. The expression Ikebana means (Live Flowers).

The living flowers of the Ikebana, oriental millennial art or religious offering that is usually composed and arranged on altars.

Ikebana is the art of assembling flower arrangements (floral arrangement) is also known by the expression Kado (floral arrangement as a way to wisdom), in its assembly, obeys certain rules, are used dry branches and leaves of several plants that make a kind of frame for flowers. The structure of a Japanese floral arrangement is based on three main points that symbolize heaven, earth and humanity, although other structures are adapted according to style and choice.

The main meaning is to be an offering, an act to please religions, but it is also practiced by people of noble origin. There are several styles of ikebana, Brazil even owns an Association, where the practitioners have a whole spiritual tradition, a concentration to enjoy and appreciate nature.

The art of Ikebana arrived in Brazil with the first immigrants. The Ikebana Association of Brazil was officially founded in 1962. During this fiftieth anniversary of struggle, perseverance and above all, of great love and dedication, the artistic and cultural baggage, inherited from the ancestors, is transmitted by the volunteer teachers, each following its own rules and techniques, seeking the essential of Art, Equilibrium and Beauty .

Ikebana's styles

  • Ikenobo - It is the oldest, and they are arrangements with devotion to the gods, and are decorated with branches.
  • Sogetsu - It is one of the newer styles, he became well known after Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana began attending schools to learn this technique.
  • Ohara - It is an assembly of twigs and flowers almost stacked.
  • Sanguetsu - It is a style of ikebana created by Mokiti Okada, whose basic notion is respect for nature. This is a totally different style from the previous ones, because it seeks to use the materials in a way that they are as natural as possible.

History Of Ikebana

It all began in India, when a group of religious used grandiose decorations on their altars for the Buddha. At this time, all decorations with flowers had to be made manually to make sense of the offering. According to culture, which remains to this day, when you put your hands to produce an object, you also place part of your soul, your energies.

The habit of making arrangements then left India and reached China. In this same period, the first School of Floral Art, which had its origin in Japan, sent a scholar named Omono Imoko to explore Chinese culture and tradition. In this way, the technique came to Japan, where it was perfected and became known around the world. Thus the arrangements of ikebana ceased to be an offering only to the Buddha and were also offered to other deities and even to ancestors, becoming a routine of Japanese culture.

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