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This beautiful hair ornament is handcrafted from good quality cotton fabric with a small peony blossom in two shades of orange. Peony motifs, known as botan in Japan, are usually worn in March.

The flower measures approx. 2 3/4" in diameter, including the leaves, and is mounted on a 2" hair barrette.

Please note that all measurements are taken across the widest parts of each kanzashi.

Do you like this kanzashi but wish it were a little different? Or do you want a unique piece designed especially for you? I take custom orders, send me a note! :)

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What are 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 known 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.

Bridge: The tiara-like band that goes in front of the bun in a maiko's hairstyle.

My kanzashi

Kanzashi flowers 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 every day, there is certain to be a kanzashi for you.

Care of Kanzashi

Your kanzashi is delicate and should never be handled roughly, utmost care should be used when handling it and placing it in your hair. Kanzashi should not be exposed to either moisture or extreme temperatures. Take especial care with kanzashi that have shaped petals, as even slight dampness may ruin their shape. It should be noted that metal components may tarnish over time, and extended exposure to direct sunlight may cause discoloration or fading.

Your kanzashi should be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight, preferably in a sturdy box to prevent it from being crushed.

If the wires on a cluster of flowers become bent, causing the design to look misshapen, gently move the flowers back into place with your fingers.

tsumami kanzashi hair flower - orange peony

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