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! THIS ITEM IS RESERVED FOR A PARTICULAR CUSTOMER. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE IT IF YOU DID NOT DISCUSS WITH ME ABOUT THIS ITEM !

©2007-2104 Atelier Kanawa
This is designed by Atelier Kanawa.
The duplication of this design is strictly prohibited.


[COLOR]
Light Pink, Pink, light Navy Blue, Aqua, Purple, White, Smokey Green, Lime Green, Silver


[SIZE]
Hasu (Lotus) :Diameter of approximately 3inch=7cm
Comb: approximately 2.5inches=6cm long, 1.5inches=4cm tall


[DESIGN]
* Very beautiful Large Vintage Kimono Lotus Tsumami Kanzashi Comb with Cute Water Drop on Leaves
* Looking Lotus makes you heavenly happy even during the HOT Summer day!
* Water drops on leaves are so cute!
* This beautiful item comes with the Atelier Kanawa's brand charm, a symbol of guaranteed authenticity by a professional Tsumami Kanzashi artisan and a certified Kimono consultant.
Feel special for owning an authentic piece and become a part of precious supporters of Traditional Japanese handicraft artisan!
* This design can be found exclusively at Atelier Kanawa. Please don't miss it (^-^)


[ATELIER KANAWA'S TSUMAMI KANZASHI CAREER]
Atelier Kanawa has been making both traditional & modern Tsumami Kanzashi since 2004. She was accepted as a private pupil in the summer 2007 and was professionally trained by one of the ONLY 5 acknowledged Tsumami Kanzashi artisans in Japan.

Tsumami Kanzashi is the historical Japanese handcraft carried by refined skillful artisans. Therefore it absolutely cannot be acquired in short period of time, especially without proper training. While you may see many imitation Tsumami Kanzashi made by non classically trained hobby crafter online, you can surely find the truly authentic Tsumami Kanzashi with traditional expertise at Atelier Kanawa.


[ABOUT EDO TSUMAMI KANZASHI]
The history of Kanzashi (ornamental hairpin) goes back as far as the history of Japan 3000 years ago. In the prehistorical Joumon era (approximately. 1000 B.C. to 300 A.D.), it was believed that a supernatural power inhabited this thin stick. People wore it as a charm against evil and this became the beginning of Kanzashi.

The derivation of Kanzashi is “Kami-zashi” meaning “hair stick”. There is another theory that Kanzashi derived from “Ka-zashi” meaning “flower stick”. 

It was during the Edo period (1603-1867) that current styles of Kanzashi had been formed. Among varieties of Kanzashi in this period, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi was made for mainly maidens to wear for occasional celebrations of the beauty of the seasons. Girls wore Ume(plum) blossom for New Year, Sakura (cherry) blossom for spring, and Kiku (chrysanthemum) for autumn.

Tsumami (pinching) is the technique to pinch/pick up a two dimensional piece of silk fabric to construct a three dimensional object. This technique was traditionally utilized by maidservants in the imperial court since the middle of the Edo period. Eventually, the style spread all over Japan. Tsumami Kanzashi was often depicted in Ukiyoe pictures.

Traditionally, Japanese use Habutae silk to make Tsumami Kanzashi but there is an artisan who uses Chirimen silk instead. Atelier Kanawa uses both, other vintage silk Kimono fabrics, and rayon Chirimen silk and so on.

In the Edo era, there are five major styles of Kanzashi: Hana-Kanzashi, Mimikaki-Kanzashi, Matsuba-Kanzashi, Tama-Kanzashi, and Hirauchi-Kanzashi. Edo-Tsumami Kanzashi belongs to the Hana-Kanzashi category. Hana-Kanzashi was derived from a centuries old “Ka (flower) - zashi” flower stick, and is the most gorgeous style.

Today, there are only 5 acknowledged Tsumami Kanzashi artisans in Japan. Most of them do not have successors to carry out this beautiful traditional art, therefore the traditional skills are rapidly and certainly dying out. I am strongly eager to preserve and pass this art on to the future generation. IT MEANS A LOT TO ME TO HAVE YOUR PURCHASE because YOU ARE SUPPORTING JAPANESE CULTURE and YOUR PURCHASE COULD BE A VERY PRECIOUS CULTURAL HERITAGE.


[ABOUT CHIRIMEN(縮緬) SILK]
Chirimen silk crepe became popular from 17th to 18th century in Japan. Its distinctive technique involves twisting the threads during weaving.It has a slightly textured surface, so it is heavier and stronger than plain woven silk fabric.


[ABOUT HABUTAE(羽二重)SILK]
A plain woven silk textile of authentic Japanese vintage Kimono.
Habutae silk has a very smooth textures as soft, light and shiny, so they are used as Kimono linings. In Japan, we say "the best silk starts with Habutae and also ends with Habutae". Habutae silk proudly represents Japan.


[ABOUT GEISHA, GEIKO, MAIKO, OIRAN]
Please read my profile page for their information.
http://www.etsy.com/people/AtelierKanawa

Reserved - Large Vintage Kimono Lotus Tsumami Kanzashi Comb with Cute Water Drop on Leaves

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: kimono, silk, habutae, chirimen, comb, wire, pep, glass beads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 1119 reviews
  • Favorited by: 46 people