Inko Centre introduces Ggotgozi, the Korean flower art with fluid lines and a love of empty sections
Most of us are familiar with Japan’s Ikebana, at least by name. But the tongue-twisting Ggotgozi is uncharted territory. The Korean art of flower arrangement—which traces its origins to Shamanism, floral offerings to the gods and even the traditional tea service—is all about the harmony of lines. “The creations are delicate and our use of space (between the flowers and branches) is key—as it not only imparts fragility but is also seen as an infinite place of possibilities,” begins Kwak Eun Joo, chairman of the Git Bi flower association, and one of 11 participating members at the two-day Ggotgozi exhibition at the Inko Centre.
While Ikebana is about stark angles, the Korean technique is more fluid. “The arrangements, through its form, represent man’s connection with the sky and earth. We use simple white ceramic vases, inspired by the Joseon era, and include stones and even hanji (traditional Korean paper) in our art,” she adds. Though many of us may have missed the demonstration (by invite only) that was held yesterday, Dr Rathi Jafer, Inko’s director, assures us we can look forward to more in the future. “We are exploring a partnership with the Korean Flower Association where every year they’ll come down to do a series of workshops. We are also looking at exploring a sharing of ideas with Indian florists and even starting long-term courses,” says Jafer, adding that though imported flowers are being used this time (over 86 varieties), going forward, they will be heading to the Koyambedu market for local inspiration.
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