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Flower-buds for your bro

Ditch synthetic. Opt for natural rakhis made from gulmohar and tamarind seeds, exotic orchids and rose petals.

art and culture Updated: Aug 01, 2012 02:28 IST
Divya Kapoor
Divya Kapoor
Hindustan Times

Even as many Delhi bazaars continue to force on us the mundane rakhi stock from last year, some creative minds have come up with rakhis made from fresh flowers. From the delicate scents of gulmohar, rajnigandha (tube roses), rose and jasmine to exotic orchids, the designs are innovative and can be customised as per the buyer’s choice.

Priced between Rs 150 and Rs 200, the eco-friendly designs offered by the Paharpur Business Centre, Nehru Place, are made from the seeds of trees like subabul, castor, gulmohar, khaya, ashoka, bahava, parkinsonia, apta, babul and tamarind.

Rakhis offered by Ferns N Petals stores are priced between Rs 200 and Rs 250 and the floral designs consist of tube roses, orchids, cymbedium, daisies, and rose petals.

A flower store, Bougainvilla Design opposite IIT Main Gate, has used exotic orchids varieties to prepare the rakhis. “The petals of mokara, an orchid variety, make for wonderful rakhi designs. We also have rakhis made from rose, rajnigandha and motiya (jasmine) petals. People are also giving orders for customised designs and asking us to arrange the rose and orchid petals together,” says Ritu Kochhar, co-owner.

She adds that the price of these rakhis ranges anywhere between Rs 250 to Rs 750, depending on the intricacy of the design.

It’s best to place orders beforehand and bring your order home a day before the festival. Store the rakhi in refrigerator so that the flowers remain fresh.

Make your own floral rakhi by following these simple steps:
1. Take a cardboard and cut it according to your preferred rakhi size and shape

2. Use glue to stick the rakhi thread on one side of the
cardboard. You can also sew the thread carefully with the help of a needle or wire

3. If making a latitudinal rakhi, neatly stitch or glue the petals of your chosen flowers one after other. For best results, use rose, orchid or cymbidium petals. you can also paste small flower buds like daisies, and mokara in the centre to enhance the design

4. For a spherical rakhi shape, work around the floral work in the pattern of a concentric circle. Divide the circle in four layers and start with making the base. If you are using tube roses, put the flower base in the innermost layer. Continue to fill the circle from outer to the inner layer. Stick the flower petals to the board. To make the rakhi colourful, you can also use rose petals for the base. Now, make the remaining layers by following the same

5.You can stick a cymbidium flower or any other small flower at the centre of the rakhi to make it attractive. Or enhance its beauty by adding a pearl or bead in the centre

7. Cover the base of the cardboard with a velvet or any other soft fabric so that the rakhi feels soft on the wrist

Inputs from Ferns N Petals

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First Published: Jul 31, 2012 17:26 IST