These colorful bird kanzashi are perfect for anyone, whether you want a stunning and special ornament for your own hair, or are looking for a unique gift for a friend.
Sculpted and carefully painted polymer clay head and hand-dyed tsumami kanzashi "feathers" make up the form of each bird. Each bird also has it's own tiny decorations, and comes with detachable shidare for a simpler style.
Each bird measures at approx. 5" wingspan, and will be about 5" from beak to tail tip.
The detachable shidare measure approx. 5 1/2" on the sides and 6 1/2" in the middle.
Each is mounted on a 3 3/4 hair barrette.
These are individually handcrafted items, and as such there will be slight variances in the dimensions and details of each item.
These are made to order, so please allow an average period of one to two weeks while I create your birds. Thank you for your patience!
I can also offer customized colors and accessories, please message me if you're interested, and I'll create a new reserved listing specific to your order once details have been agreed upon.
The photos used in this listing are from previous works, yours will be new.
What is kanzashi?
Kanzashi are traditional Japanese accessories made from folded fabric using a technique
called tsumami, and glued together to make flowers and other ornate designs to be worn in the hair.
The word "kanzashi" means hairpin, and there are many types. In Japan, this particular type
is more correctly know as "hana kanzashi", meaning floral hairpin, though the word kanzashi has become synonymous with the technique of folding the fabric in most English speaking countries.
Hana kanzashi became popular in Japan's Edo period, when hairstyles became elaborate and used many ornaments and decorations. Today's styles are much simpler and full kanzashi sets are not seen often, being worn more commonly by geisha, and for events such as weddings and other formal occasions.
There are terms for some different components of kanzashi.
Shidare: The trailing falls of petals or flowers that hang from the base of some kanzashi.
Bira-Bira: These are metal flutters that can sometimes be found hanging underneath a grouping of flowers, but are also worn by themselves.
Of course, you do not have to be Japanese to appreciate something so beautiful. Kanzashi are great for both casual and formal occasions, as well as costuming and cosplay. A single flower would go great with jeans and a blouse, something more elaborate for a fancy dress.
Mine are mounted on many different types of hair clips, combs and pins, so you'll be certain
to find something no matter what your hair length or style.kanzashi can add something bright and special to an otherwise plain hairdo, so whether you are planning an elaborate cosplay, or just want something pretty to wear day-in and day-out, there is certain to be a kanzashi for you.