Japanese wreaths: Have you heard of Shimenawa Wreath ?
The source of the left side photo is oshougatsutsuuhan.com and the right photo is from www.flower-present.jp
While American wreaths are used to make decorations at various places all year long, Japanese wreaths that are called "Shimenawa Wreath" are used only during a certain period of time in the year. Namely they are usually used as a decoration for celebrating New Year. And such wreaths are usually mounted on the front door of houses and office buildings. In addition to house and office decorations, they are often mounted on the front side of automobiles.
The main structure of Shimenawa Wreath is a ROPE made of rice straws. Originally they used the rope in natural straw color. However recently they often use colorful ropes as shown in the photos. Although California Flower Art Academy teaches how to make western style of wreaths, we do not offer classes for Japanese Shimenawa wreaths.
A few years ago, we tried to offer lessons of Shimenawa Wreaths. Quite unfortunately we did not have enough number of students who wanted to learn how to make Japanese style of wreaths. The reason behind this MAY be American students are not familiar with this type of wreath that is new to them OR they have never seen Shimenawa Wreath. Therefore they cannot make a fair evaluation about the beauty of this particular wreath.
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