Frangipani

Bali has a tropical climate and there are all year round of this flowers. It can be white, red, yellow, pink or mix colours. The flower is very important among Balinese as used on the small offerings “Canang”, a square form of young coconuts leave put inside any kinds of flowers, a slice of sugar cane and leaves as a thanksgiving expression to God. Balinese called frangipani as Jepun, there are “jepun bali” and “jepun jawa”, the wood of jepun bali is prized by woodcarvers for making free – form statues, while “jepun jawa” trunk is softer then the bali one but the “jepun jawa” is the widely distributed, it can be found in every type of environment from the house compound till temple yards. The bali frangipani is in a smaller size then the jawa one. Women thread this flower in their hair, men wear them behind an ear or stuck in “udeng”, a head band.

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