ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with Pakistan Floral Art Society, organised an Ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) and embroidery exhibition at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai on Tuesday.
Wife of the Japanese Ambassador Madam Rieko Kurai, together with the ladies of Pakistan Floral Art Society and Japanese Ikebana teacher Orita made fascinating Ikebana arrangements while exhibiting their skills in this famous Japanese art of flower arrangement.
Besides making the Ikebana arrangements, Madam Kurai at the occasion also showcased her impressive embroidery work. Madam Kurai’s embroidery work display included handbags, cushions, table-runners and so on.
Ikebana which literally means “flower kept alive”, developed into a distinct art form in Japan in the 15th century, and is now practiced all over the world, including Pakistan.
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The attention drawn to the selection of flowers and containers, the placement of branches, harmonisation of flowers, its leaves and stems, and the branches, and the relationship of the arrangement to the container and the surrounding space, has channeled this work into an art, distinguishing it from being simply a decorative uses of flowers.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2018.