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With over 200 color photographs and helpful commentary Tropical Colors showcases the diverse flower arranging and design of Thailand.

Flowers have always been an integral part of the cultural fabric of Thailand and a constant reminder of the country's Buddhist heritage and identity. As in other Asian cultures, flowers are lavishly used in Thailand to mark rituals and rites of passage; they are indispensable in age-old acts of worship, in ...
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Tropical Colors: The Art of Living with Tropical Flowers

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Overview

With over 200 color photographs and helpful commentary Tropical Colors showcases the diverse flower arranging and design of Thailand.

Flowers have always been an integral part of the cultural fabric of Thailand and a constant reminder of the country's Buddhist heritage and identity. As in other Asian cultures, flowers are lavishly used in Thailand to mark rituals and rites of passage; they are indispensable in age-old acts of worship, in celebrations, and in daily life. On their way to work, many Thais offer flowers and a heartfelt prayer at wayside shrines. Every day, scores of women at the royal court create floral offerings for the venerated Buddha images in Bangkok’s temples and palaces. Thai Airways routinely presents orchid corsages to female passengers.

This stunning and refreshingly original book goes beyond the everyday: it elevates flowers from mere floral arrangements to meditative floral "installations." Created from a combination of exotic and colorful tropical flowers, plant materials—fibers and leaves from banana plants and coconut trees, culms and twigs from bamboo—and unconventional materials like wire netting, harmoniously blend a strong, usually three-dimensional, structure with the sweet and subtle elements of flowers.
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From highly dramatic, large-scale installations to serene pairings where a single stem and complementary vase indicate a complete idea, the book provides a wealth of fresh images ripe for contemplation. — Booklist
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"From highly dramatic, large-scale installations to serene pairings where a single stem and complementary vase indicate a complete idea, the book provides a wealth of fresh images ripe for contemplation." —Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462906413
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

An engineer turned floral artist, Sakul Intakul is the owner of Sakul Intakul Studio, a design studio, and Sakul Flowers, a flower shop in Bangkok. He is a regular contributor of magazine articles, and he arranges flowers for the Queen of Thailand and many leading hotels and restaurants in Bangkok.

Wongvipa Devahastin na Ayudhya was educated at the Rajinee Lyceum, a school sponsored by the royal family in Bangkok, where she learned the Thai arts of flower display and decoration. She is a self-taught interior designer, a skilled gardener, and the co-author of Contemporary Thai.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Underwater Allure 10
Iank Art 13
In Unison 16
Sunken Treasures 23
Still Waters 26
Massed Magic 28
Tranquil Notes 32
Passing Parades 34
Floral Crossings 38
Foliage in Focus 40
Tropical Coils 42
Detining Lines 46
Lyrical Leatwork 50
Living Sculptures 53
Stem Support 54
Natural Scattolds 56
Supporting Stems 60
Fluted Frames 69
In Suspense 73
Craft Creations 76
Traditional Tones 79
Inspired Orbits 81
Woven Blooms 86
Floral Lanterns 88
Metallic Accents 92
Metal Support 94
Tubular Extensions 103
Wired Webs 111
Divided Attention 116
Stunning Singles 118
Eclectic Elegance 127
Mass Appeal 132
Colorful Clusters 134
Natural Wraps 146
Divine Inspirations 156
Symbolic Gestures 158
Plant Directory 174
Credits 176
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