AtelierKanawa's Shop Announcement

Atelier Kanawa® is the Japanese Earth Friendly studio evolved by a Certified Kimono Consultant of All Japan Kimono Consultant Association / Kimono model / the only Authentic Edo Tsumami kanzashi Artisan among Etsy & any English site. I was professionally trained by one of only five designated Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisans in Japan through special network, while none of them were accepting an apprentice today.
As a successor of traditional Japanese culture, I handcraft both traditional & modern pieces from the highest quality materials. Please read my profile about my traditional Japanese careers.
1. Edo Tsumami Kanzashi workshop has been offered at Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. Please see their website to register.

2. I am gradually working on my Tsumami Kanzashi book, partially as a memorial for my Tsumami Kanzashi master. This book will be very remarkable for introducing primarily *the authentic Tsumami Kanzashi* as well as the modern Kanzashi and its artisan's field focusing on how to preserve authentic culture. Please stay tuned!

Your custom orders are profoundly welcomed. Please send me a conversation if you would like to place a request.





You will be able to own precious piece of art made by the only authentic Edo Tsumami Kanzashi Artisan in the U.S.
Tsumami Kanzashi is the National Designated Traditional Handcraft. It has been carried by refined skillful artisans with profound understandings of our language, culture, history, the beauty of Japanese seasons and nature, materials, and most importantly, the responsibility of carrying this art for the future generations by correctly succeeding the will from our ancestors.

“The law regarding promotion of Traditional handicraft industry" was established in 1974 to defend, raise, and evolve the old techniques of traditional handicrafts. It is adopted throughout Japan, in many prefectures.
A Cabinet minister of Ministry of economy/trade and industry designates traditional handicraft based on this law.

~ Article 2 ~
1. Traditional handicraft must be mainly used for daily life.
2. Principal creating process of Traditional handicraft must be crafted by hand.
3. Traditional handicraft must be created by traditional refined technical skill.
4. Traditional handicraft must be crafted with mainly traditional materials.
5. Artisans of the Traditional handicraft must have been crafting in a set area.

While it is critically important to preserve this art, it must be done correctly as our ancestors have been doing.
As my master said, traditional Japanese culture must be correctly and respectfully preserved by Japanese who fully grew up in Japanese environment and climate by achieving the expertise & *authentic Japanese spirit*, after going through strict professional trainings.

It is wonderful that people all around the world to love the beauty of our culture. I profoundly welcome them enjoying "hobby" Tsumami Kanzashi for themselves. However, those *Imitation Tsumami Kanzashi* sold by self taught hobby crafters stating that they use traditional techniques while none of them were never professionally trained by authentic designated artisans, is absolutely inappropriate.

According to my network with Tsumami Kanzashi artisans in Japan, there are no foreigners in individual level / even Japanese outside of Japan who were professionally trained and permitted to sell, beside me. When somebody who lack the professional attitude name their piece "Tsumami Kanzashi" or "Kanzashi" and sell at cheep price based on their sole decision, it destroys our historical culture and the entire market since the majority of people today do not have the eyes for authentic quality and tend to go to the cheep ones unfortunately.
Please be aware of Tsumami Kanzashi made in China as well which appear traditional but different from the authentic ones by the combination of the flowers and the colors.
I hope you can humbly understand this critical issue as a big picture and become a *true* supporter of authentic artisans. Thank you very much!

I profoundly welcome people all around the world to enjoy our culture. At the same time, I sincerely wish those who browse around my shop or purchase my Tsumami Kanzashi for the purpose to copy to sell, would refrain from doing so. My customers clearly see some are copying very obviously. Naming hobby crafted piece as "Tsumami Kanzshi" "Kanzashi" to sell even without having the classical training by the authentic designated master is totally opposite from respecting Japanese spirit which is the most important attitude when it comes to enter the traditional Japanese cultural field.
Please feel free to refer the guidance in my shop policy section regarding the humble / appropriate attitude when you enter traditional Japanese culture. Thank you for your understanding.

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