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Flowers forever

One tends to throw fresh flowers when they wilt. Mystique Designs, a floral art shop, processes natural flowers in interesting and arresting ways.

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THE BEAUTY of nature is undeniable. Pictures and paintings are mere memories and saving a rose between book leaves, is just an attempt to preserve those beautiful yet fleeting moments of time.

ALL LIT UP: Natural flowers set in arresting patterns

But, how can one conserve the freshness of that rose which must have lit a million lights in a young heart? Unfortunately, those amazing and cheery flower heads reminds you of withering matters within no time. If only there was a way to save so much beauty the world would be a garden where happiness would be a constant element. But then, let's not despair and undermine the human heart, which compels the mind to seek solutions.

`Mystique Designs', a floral art shop, based in Begumpet, has just the answer for what we despair. Natural flowers set in arresting patterns to console those dampening spirits. This is not that variety where the vendor snips and snaps a bunch of flowers, wraps them in a translucent gel paper with a neat satin bow which is absolutely ravishing but ultimately left aside for garbage collection. The floral artworks at Mystique Designs are scientifically processed compositions, which come to us from Sri Lanka. Although, ridden with ethnic conflicts, the island is known for its rich flora and fauna. Therefore, cashing upon its riches Dr. Hiran Abeysinghe of Sri Lanka applied his scientific temperament to evolve a very distinguished art of floral patterns. Appearing like lavish embroidery, the floral picture frames contains `fresh' hibiscus, orchids, wild sunflowers, carnations, holly hocks, cornflowers, ferns and grasses. You name it and you have it. In fact, feathers to shrimps, seashells and weeds were the latest mediums in Dr. Abeysinghe's mummifying studios. Handpicked while in their bloom, the flowers are arranged in eye-catching designs to be preserved by a technique termed `potting'. The method of `potting' is an elaborate technique wherein a resin is individually applied to every flower, petal, feather, anything, to retain the freshness of colour and state used for these decorations. The elements are basically given an anti-fungal treatment, which is then positioned in the layouts already designed. The entire process is carried out under infra-red light to facilitate chemical reactions. Once this process is completed, it is then exposed to sunlight. It is then pressed in between two sheets of fibreglass to be vacuum-sealed and framed. Designed as nature concepts such as `Chinese Garden', `Amazon Forest' or the underwater series, these come as picture frames and utility decorative pieces like lampshades.

NOW AND FOREVER: Floral artworks from Mystique Designs.

In various sizes and variety, each piece is a hand-crafted art which is never repeated or copied. Falling in the range of Rs. 800 to Rs. 36,000, the products in the range of Rs. 4,500 - move fast, informs V Surya, partner of Jayshree Chary who runs Mystique Designs. What is the market for natural floral art? Says Surya: "We directly approach hospitals and hotels, then we have individual buyers and the NRI clientele who pick up these works as mementos and gifts." While natural flowers will always remain a popular thing, the processed natural flora and fauna promise a lifetime collection for those who think differently. Those interested can check out Mystique Designs, G 10 Srinivasa Towers, Begumpet, Hyderabad. Tel: 3400340.


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