When the 11th Ikebana International Asian Regional Conference was held recently at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel in Manila, 300 foreign delegates attended, among them 10 Sri Lankans, members of the newly formed Sri Lanka Chapter 262.
The theme of the conference was ‘oneness’ or ‘pagkakaisa’ – its aim to unite people around the world through their love of flowers.
Led by past president Malika Cooke, and assisted by Nelia Molamure, Charmaine de Silva, Chandrika Wijeratne, Dr. Nirmali Wickramasinghe and Zeena Mohideen, they created a beautiful chapter arrangement using bamboo with Kandyan dancer orchids. President Shiromi Soosapillai presented an individual arrangement using purple calla lilies, while Vinita Shenoy used spathes of the palm tree with plaited heliconia and Lilamani Ameresekere created a wonderful arrangement of sticks twisted together. Shanthi Shanmuganathan used dried and painted spathes and yellow calla lilies for her arrangement.
Headmaster Akihiro Kasuya of the Ichiyo School of Floral Arts from Japan held a demonstration and a workshop on Ichiyo principles. He will be visiting Sri Lanka to conduct a special workshop for the Chapter 262 members on November 14.