Papyrus in ikebana
Papyrus is such a fantastic plant! It looks majestic both when it is small or when it reaches several meters hight. It can be used for making different object, like mats and sandals, and of course paper. I think we all connect papyrus with the ancient Egypt and writing manuscripts. You can read more about papyrus
here. Here in Addis Abeba, papyrus grows high and strong and is readily availabe in gardens.
Papyrus is an excellent material for making ikebanas. It can help us illustrate a range of feelings and ideas. I was gifted my first papyrus by the director of a company Wub and Maraki Park Design and Gardening Service. And I fell in love with it. I was enchanted by its unruly nature, long pine-like needles that grow in all directions. So, the first arrangement was this:
This arrangement inspired the following once – trying to play with the unruliness and imposing a sleek style on the third arrangement. Papyrus needles are very easy to work with, you can braid them, use wire to form them or just leave them the way they are. Papyrus lasts for a long time in water.