Friday, 4 March 2011

Techniques Revealed

Traditional ikebana techniques goes back several hundred years in history and used to be secret knowledge handed down from teacher to student. This beautiful video from the Kadou Enshu School demonstrates the use of a traditional flower fastener called Yagen that is used by Kadou Enshu for classical style ikebana. It also shows bending techniques that includes using wedges and wire, as well as carefully cracking the branches.

Personally I find this ikebana style to manipulative and idealized. I prefer working closer to the natural form of the materials. Nevertheless it's a beautiful arrangement and most of all an inspiring video with an authentic feeling to it.

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