Forget the flowers with nassella tenuissima. TANYA “Our Daily Lives” collection

“Inhale.
Exhale.
Inhale.
Exhale.
Inhale.
I inhale the busy morning sunlight.
I exhale the moonlight.

I inhale the energy of a busy morning.
I  exhale the most wonderful night sky.

I inhale the warm ocean breath.
I exhale all those unanswered emails and calls.
I inhale the warm skin of my children.
I exhale all the frustration and tiredness.
I inhale sweet techno beats.
I exhale my waltzing heartbeat.
I inhale you.
I exhale me.
Inhale.
Exhale.
Inhale.
Exhale.
Inhale.”

Tanya von Varchmin, yoga teacher.

Nassella tenuissima is a herb native to Mexico and Argentina. It is usually no more than 60 cm high and belongs to the grass family. Because of its beautiful shape, it is also known by the common name of “feather grass”. It is a perennial herb with very fine, long, arching leaves. It is so beautiful that it is often used for bouquets and dried flower centrepieces. It has a fragile appearance and although it is somewhat less supple when dry, it is still quite flexible. 

This plant is ideal for creating “moving” gardens, because it has dense, fine foliage that sways in the wind, simulating beautiful sea waves. The slightest breeze makes it sway. It requires dry soil and plenty of sun, it tolerates dry weather very well.

Nassella tenuissima has a fine feather-like appearance, and its texture is so special that I have used it as a single material to design two different headbands: One with frontal lines and the other in a lateral way. 

To form the structures I have worked with groups of small nassella clusters. I have worked with lines and curves. I have aligned them in different ways so that together they form each of the structures. All the pieces are wired together and I have not used any kind of silicone. This allows me to modify and fix each of their positions without damaging the plant.   

Flower crown “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Tanya von Varchmin, yoga teacher from Russia
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager de Ritaflowers

On the other hand, each of the nassella tenuissima stems is separated by a few millimetres. This makes the structure semi-transparent. In addition, the friction of the stems is reduced in case of movement, so that there is no chance of breakage.

I have given the front headband a big fan shape: like a big open peacock’s tail, in a striking golden colour.

Flower crown “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Tanya von Varchmin, yoga teacher from Russia
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager de Ritaflowers

I’ve given the side headband more of a sense of movement than the front headband. Depending on how you wear it, this headband looks like a big clump of golden hair swaying sweetly in the wind. Perhaps this is because the position in which they are placed more closely resembles their state in nature. This is how you can find them in the countryside.

Flower crown “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Tanya von Varchmin, yoga teacher from Russia
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager de Ritaflowers

By working with a single material we can create a design that is both elegant and spectacular. And botanical headbands can be very beautiful even without flowers. In this case, the slight movement in the stems of nassella conveys a sense of relaxation and tranquillity. The golden tones add majesty to the design. This is why these two headbands were perfect for our collaboration with Tanya, a yoga teacher.

I related the movement of the nassella in the headbands, to the rhythm of the swaying of the human breath, with the waves that the wind creates in the stipa meadows. Life is movement in harmony, balance between the forces of nature. For me these headbands are a symbol of the law of harmony, one of the laws that govern human experience, also known as the law of cause and effect.


Flower crown “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Tanya von Varchmin, yoga teacher from Russia
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager de Ritaflowers
Flower crown “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Tanya von Varchmin, yoga teacher from Russia
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager de Ritaflowers

Both designs are available for sale and shipping worldwide. Just contact me.

If you are interested in learning more about the creative process in floral design, you can read more here. And if you want to discover the benefits of floral design and put them into practice with a personalised workshop, you can find out more here.

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