Thai floral artist Sakul Intakul provides step-by-step instructions on how to make a "floral curtain" in today's Bangkok Post.
Today's article below is a short extract from the article which discusses what the floral curtain looks like and how it is made. See the full article here.
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A Floral curtain by Sakul Intakul
...I spent many days learning how to make various kinds of Balinese offerings. To my astonishment I found that the young yellowish green coconut fronds can be made into offering containers of endless shapes and forms by cutting the coconut fronds with a knife and securing the pieces together with very fine bamboo strips that serve as pins.
Inspired by this securing method, I create today's "floral curtain", using leaves of the jackfruit tree, orange orchids and Thai bamboo pins. First, I make the pattern of the curtain by using a marker on a piece of paper. I then cut the stem of the leaves so that they remain flat when pinned together. I set several leaves following the outline of the pattern I made.
I secured them together with Thai bamboo pins until the leaves fill the pattern. To add interest to the design, I intentionally left several holes in the leaf curtain. I cut the flowers from its inflorescence. Then I place the stems of the flower in between the leaves with space and rhythm in mind.
(Source: Bangkok Post: Ideas & Innovation, Floral curtain, 1/10/2010, Sakul Intakul, link)
floral - made of flowers, or dealing with flowers
curtain - a long piece of cloth that hangs down or covers a window
instructions - คำแนะนำการใช้, ข้อแนะนำการใช้, ข้อปฏิบัติ
X looks like Y - to the eyes X is the same as Y (when you look at both of them)
Bali (noun) - an island in Indonesia (See Wikipedia)
offering - in religion some object given as a gift to God or to show repsect for something or someone (See Wikipedia on Buddhist offerings)
astonish (verb) - to surprise someone very much
astonishment (noun) - when a person is very surprised
To my astonishment,.... - I was very surprised because...
frond - a large long leaf divided into many sections (See Wikipedia)
shape - the way something looks from the outside: sqaure, circle, oval, etc ลักษณะ รูปร่าง
form - roughly the same as "shape"
endless shapes and forms - many shapes and forms (no limit, limitless)
spent many days... - used many days...
container - a think used to keep or store things inside (examples: box, bottle, bowl)
securing - keeping something in a fixed place or position (example: securing the suitcase on the roof of the car for the ride so it will not fall off)
fine - narrow and thin
jackfruit - large fruit with a sticky inside that grows on trees in tropical places like Thailand (See Wikipedia) ขนุน
orchids - a variety of plant with many different species, perhaps as many as 25,000 ดอกกล้วยไม้
pattern - a set or arrangement of lines, curves and shapes seen with the eyes
stem - the long part below a flower that holds the flower and leaves up
outline - the outside edge of something
interest - when people want to know more or want to join in an activity
intentionally - deliberately; done purposely อย่างตั้งใจ
inflorescence - "a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches. Strictly, it is the part of the shoot of seed plants where flowers are formed and which is accordingly modified" (See Wikipedia)
rhythm - a regular repeated series of sounds or movements ท่วงทำนอง [here a repeated pattern]
Y in mind - thinking about Y
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