The Kokedama, what on earth is it?
The Kokedama, which literally means moss ball, is a plant art form from Japan. This art form is part ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, and part bonsai, the carving of miniature trees to perfection. Kokedama is a recent trend and has been in existence for only about 20 years. There is a lot of freedom in the interpretation of the practice so it is an art form which is easy to master, with a few good tips.
Make your own Kokedama
If you would like to make one yourself, first you will need a plant. You can make a Kokedama with lots of different plants; Orchids, Ferns, Bamboo, Hostas and even tropical plants can be used. Just choose your favourite! You can make Kokedamas in any size, from a single plant or with more than one.
You also need a piece of moss, big enough to fit around the roots of the plant and a piece of string. Take a look at Design Sponge for a detailed step by step guide.
This is a great way to express your love for plants in a really ecological, original and aesthetic manner. If you don’t have the patience to make one yourself you can also buy them ready made. Easy!
Which is your favourite?
Photos of Kokedamas in lovely bronze, wood and porcelain frames, by Farra Sit and Fox Fodder Farm from Brooklyn, USA. www.lightandladder.com