The flower of the almond tree was a heavily featured motif on the runway at the Dolce&Gabbana Spring Summer 2014 women’s fashion show. Like miniature roses, the flowers are delicate and beautiful, yet convey powerful significance.
The Almond flower A potent symbol
More than pretty things for the eye to glean, the almond flower is a clue to the remnant of ancient Greek culture that informs the Dolce&Gabbana Spring Summer 2014 collection. Like echoes of an ancient pagan symbolism, they are married with a delicate beauty that belies their profane power, such sweetness in a terrible beauty.
Almond trees decorate the background of Dolce&Gabbana SS2014 fashion show
Almonds have been found in the ancient Greek tombs dating back to 8000 BC. In a society where philosophy was so important, the almond fruit came to symbolise knowledge, the ‘secret’ meaning hidden within, that has to be ‘cracked’ from its shell. The known and unknown world present in the almond’s form. Hence the term ‘kernel’s of wisdom’.
The Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm. Almond trees are self-infertile and require cross fertilisation, for this reason the honeybees are essential to almond trees often colonising the trees themselves. Due to its early flowering the almond tree came to herald the arrival of spring, symbolising birth and resurrection.
Thought to be the first nut tree to be domesticated and cultivated by ancient man, it was first done in what is modern day Armenia and Azerbaijan. The tree was brought to Italy by the Phoenicians, coming from Lebanon and it soon came to be cultivated freely, adapting very well to the arid hillsides of the Mediterranean. Almond cultivation was rife in Ancient Egypt, almonds were found in the tomb of Tutankhamon and were thought to provide the dead pharaoh with nourishment for his onward journey.
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