Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Edo Tsumami- Kanzashi

Edo Tsumami- Kanzashi Photo

Tiny pieces of silk can create a cherished treasure for someone.
Kanzashi is a type of accessory that can beautifully decorates Kimono clad women’s hair in festivals and rites of passage such as Shogatsu (New Year), Shichigosan (celebrations on a child’s third, fifth and seventh years of growth) and Seijin-shiki (coming of age celebration). Among these accessories, Edo TsumamiKanzashi (ornamental hairpin), flower and bird shapes crafted using silk fabrics called Habutae (type of silk), has been regularly used over a long time as the preferred hair ornament for Kimono. The name, Edo TsumamiKanzashi, comes from the process of taking square-cut Habutae with tweezers and folding it minutely. Using various folding techniques, including the Marutsumami (round picking) method to give a soft impression and Kakutsumami (angle picking) to achieve a strong image, the craftsman creates motifs of chrysanthemum and plum flowers, as well as butterflies and Chinese phoenixes. The finished products convey a profound feeling that could never be achieved with imitation flowers. The resulting flowers and birds look alive and very vibrant and dynamic. Today, craftsmen are taking up the challenge of creating various new designs based on the concept that the best products are those that sell well because they meet the demands of the contemporary market. Even a non-Japanese student of Edo TsumamiKanzashi techniques has become popular in Los Angeles, U.S.A.Attracting many orders from overseas wholesalers, its beautiful designswin wide attraction.
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