Flowers in Indian and Western culture

Come and join us at our fabric flower making workshop on Saturday 20th May

Flowers are such an important and relevant part of Indian culture, and also symbolic in Western culture.

Beautiful flower garlands are a special part of Indian celebrations like weddings, Diwali, and also part of daily worship in homes and temples around the world where flowers are also used in worship placed on the alter as a sign of respect during puja (prayer).  Flower garlands are a deep rooted part of the culture which can be worn or used as décor.

Certain flowers are more influential in Indian culture such as jasmine, marigold, hibiscus, lotus and rose.  My favourites are marigolds because for their vibrant bright colours of red, orange and yellow.  I enjoy seeing these beautiful flowers brightening up the garden every summer.  The garden just wouldn’t be the same without them.  They give me a feeling of warmth and always know how to put a smile on my face.  In Indian culture marigolds are known as the ‘Herb of the sun’ which symbolise passion and creativity.

 

Flowers are also symbolic in Western culture such as in art history.  Flowers have been used for centuries in art such as by William Morris in Art Nouveau , Monet’s famous water lilies and Van Gogh’s sunflowers.

 

 

Flowers also have a symbolic meaning in the Bible.  In Luke he explains how lilies don’t have to work hard to stay beautiful because God looks after them.

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” (Luke 12:27-28)

Also, in Song of Solomon, part of a love story with a passage about the fragrance of blossoming vines.

“See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.  Flowers appear on earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.  The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.  Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.'”(Song of Solomon 2:11-13)

Feeling inspired by beautiful flowers? Come and join me and learn to make some of your own hand sewn flowers using fabric.  Turn these flowers into gifts and decoration for yourself and others to enjoy!

Click here full details about the Fabric flower making workshop.

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