As you might have noticed that a big part of Naturally Chinese’s culture is the art of adapting flower arrangements in its surroundings. This has been an important aspect of incorporating the values of our brand with our aesthetic for the dining experience we offer.
The art of ikebana arrangement has a narrative element attached to it. Flowers and plants aren’t just put together to make something beautiful, but what is of paramount importance is its place in the piece and how in recreating nature, each stem, flower, branch and leaf is to inspire a story. In this particular arrangement, the significance brings to light the ethos of what Naturally Chinese stands for as an establishment of service.
Going back to the time of tea houses on the silk route, where weary travellers and adventurers would stop to rejuvenate for the journey ahead, the flower pattern explains the route of a particular village. There are three elements to this pattern. The base is where the water’s edge rests calmly, the path on which one discovers to explore further. It then leads the eye to the middle part which is the village, filled with hospitality and warmth of the people –a comfort of surroundings and well being. The third part is at the top of the village or on top of the mountain, where the tea house rests. This is the place the traveller can feel assured of replenishment, and can delight in the food that is presented before him.
The writing in Chinese characters pertaining to Naturally Chinese denotes this pattern of a course of discovery. A destination that is on the outskirts of the city and must be travelled outside to reach. The surroundings are calm and serene and the tea is of a fine quality to rejuvenate. The food is to nourish and revive with the hope to inspire positivity, happiness and contentment.