Immersing in the Art of Drying Flowers
September 27, 2022
Dried flowers have been around since the time of the Ancient Egyptians, who used bouquets and vases to symbolize life and death. The ancient Egyptians, who were technologically advanced for their time, used dried flowers for cosmetics, mummy garlands, scents, and funeral rituals. At the same time, it was utilized by the Greeks and Romans for wreaths and garlands that were placed on leaders, athletes, and victories. The skill of pressing or drying flowers emerged in Japan in the 16th century. The art of pressing and drying plants is known as "oshibana" in Japanese. The flowers are pressed and dried before being arranged in intricate designs on washi paper. Since it's relatively accessible, this practice has been modified up until the present. A gorgeous, expertly made arrangement does need a certain level of mastery, but anyone may press flowers at any moment.