Authentic Edo Tsumami Kanzashi, Kimono, Chiyogami

Baltimore, Maryland

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Note from shop owner Thank you very much for visiting Atelier Kanawa.
My shop is temporarily closed, thankfully due to busy schedule of handling other professions: Kimono consultant, Kimono model, Shinto Priestess, teaching Edo Tsumami Kanzashi workshops, etc.
I will be back once settled, so please stay tune.

My response may be delayed, but please feel free to send conversations if you would like to discuss your custom orders.
Thank you very much for your understanding.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 11, 2019

Thank you very much for visiting Atelier Kanawa.
My shop is temporarily closed, thankfully due to busy schedule of handling other professions: Kimono consultant, Kimono model, Shinto Priestess, teaching Edo Tsumami Kanzashi workshops, etc.
I will be back once settled, so please stay tune.

My response may be delayed, but please feel free to send conversations if you would like to discuss your custom orders.
Thank you very much for your understanding.


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About AtelierKanawa

Sales 1,738
On Etsy since 2007

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"Atelier Kanawa" means "the studio to produce Japanese harmony & peace".

In 2007, Kuniko became a professional Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan through intensive trainings by nationally designated master Kazuyo Hozumi, the one of only five acknowledged Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisans in Japan. While none of the artisans are accepting official apprentice today due to the critical issue over supply and demand, Kuniko's extraordinarily passion to preserve this inexpressibly beautiful traditional art luckily led her to be accepted as a private pupil. Master Kazuyo took an extra effort to passionately train Kuniko by entrusting her to pass this art onto future generations. Despite her serious illness, master Kazuyo continued to train Kuniko every year when she traveled to Japan. Sadly master Kazuyo passed away, however Kuniko continued her further training under master Kazuyo's husband master Minoru Hozumi, also a nationally designated Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan.

Kuniko is currently working on her Edo Tsumami Kanzashi book, partially as a memorial for her Edo Tsumami Kanzashi master. This book will be very remarkable for introducing primarily *the authentic Edo Tsumami Kanzashi* as well as the modern Kanzashi and its artisan's field focusing on how we should preserve our culture.

In the same year, Kuniko officially became a certified Kimono Consultant of All Japan Kimono Consultant Association through Sodo Kimono Academy. This certificate is approved by the Ministry Of Education/Science and Economy / Industry.
She has been teaching Kimono class, dressing her clients, working for Opera Madama butterfly, producing Kimono shows and so on.

Kuniko also has been studying to dye Kimono patterns by Bingata Katazome style. Bingata is the traditional Japanese method of dyeing fabric in Okinawa (southern part of Japan), using a resist paste applied through stencil. The term "Bingata Katazome" is divided form a combination of Kata (pattern or stencil), and Zome, from the verb Someru (to dye). Only natural ingredients are used in Bingata Katazome, such as ink, soy juice for diluting ink, brush, and fabric.

Beside, she has been producing Chiyo-gami and Origami jewelry, fused glass jewelry, and Japanese embroidery.

Since 2005, Kuniko has been pursuing classical Japanese dance as well by Hanayagi-style under Mme Wakana Hanayagi sensei, which consists of Geisha dance, Noh, Kabuki and so on. She is currently in the advanced level.

Now she would love to share her stories about her ancestors who were in traditional Japanese business.

Her great grand father on her father's side was a part time Shinto priest at his local Inari shrine.
The other great grand father was a Kimono pattern dye artisan mainly for Yukata, the Summer Kimono. Her grand father on her father's side was a Ranma (an openwork screen above the sliding partitions between two rooms) wood curving artisan.
Both of her grand mothers were Kimono tailors. Her mother and aunt graduated from Kimono academies. Her aunt has taught Kimono classes in Japan.

Growing up in such a modernized Japanese environment, Kuniko did not know these remarkable histories of her family members for such a long time. However without knowing these facts, one day she became strongly inspired to learn deeply about her own culture and traditions. Her blood stream from her ancestors must have led her to this direction.
Today, she deeply regards her ancestors who were in traditional Japanese business.

As a successor of traditional Japanese culture, Kuniko passionately strives to introduce our "disappearing culture" nation wide and pass it on to our next generation.

Enjoy being a part of our beautiful culture!

Shop members

  • Kuniko Kanawa


    Kuniko Kanawa is a Certified Kimono Consultant of All Japan Kimono Consultant Association and the the only professionally trained authentic Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan among Etsy & any other English site.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 24, 2014
Please read this entire page before ordering. By placing an order with me, you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to abide by my Terms of Service.

I use many vintage Silk Kimono fabrics, as well as new Kimono fabrics.
Historically, Japanese women unstitched and recycled old Kimonos for use in various handicrafts, due to our traditional & ecologial life style. As you can see in our traditional culture, Japanese are one of the most eco friendly & earth friendly people.
As I am eager to inherit and continue this tradition, I proudly produce a new life from old materials for your use.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are not satisfied with the delivered item, please return it within 3 days of delivery, and I will provide you a complete refund (less shipping and handling) or exchange the item.
Please understand that I will not be responsible for the loss of the package IF you provide me the incorrect mailing address, therefore no refund will be issued.
If the items was damaged during the delivery, please notify me within 3 days with a photo proofs. I will exchange it for you.

Custom orders are not refundable as we go through the detailed discussion of the design.
I accept direct checkout by Credit Card, PayPal, PayPal e-checks, Money Order and Personal Checks.
Please complete or mail your payment within 3 days of your purchase, otherwise your transaction will be canceled.

If you make your payment by PayPal e-check, money order or personal check, your order will be shipped after your check becomes cleared.

If you have SEVERAL CONFIRMED PayPal addresses, please MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE ONE that YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO SHIP THE PACKAGE TO, so that the package will be delivered to the correct address and I can be covered by the seller's protection policy as well. Thank you!

I accept direct checkout by Credit Card, PayPal or PayPal e-check only.
Please complete your payment within 3 days of your purchase, otherwise your transaction will be canceled.
Your order will be shipped the following day, unless it is notified. If the following day is either Sunday or holiday, your order will be shipped after these days.
All items under 13 ounces (most of my items) are shipped by First-Class Mail, to provide my customers a reasonable shipping fee. Items over 13 ounces are shipped by priority mail. If you prefer the faster shipping, please contact me before purchasing so that I can edit the shipping fee.

First-Class Mail : 2-5 days
Priority Mail : 2-3days
Express Mail : Next day
* Normal Delivery time is the average delivery time as quoted by PayPal via USPA. Actual time may be more or less depending on your specific location, or delays in the postal system. No guarantee of time-in-transt is made.

My shipping fee consists of "actual postage fee", "delivery confirmation fee for domestic shipment among the U.S. (18 cents by PayPal shipping)", and "handling fee" for packaging supplies and traveling to the post office.

I profoundly enjoy having connection with international customers!

1. Please be aware of the delivery time may take longer than you expect, due to customs in your counrty and possible USPS issue. Delivery time is varied by destination.
2. Please be aware of the importation law of your country.
If you would like to avoid the custom fee, please send me a conversation immediately after your purchase so that we can work this out.
Otherwise, you are responsible for the customs / VAT fees of your country.
3. There is no delivery confirmation service on first class mail international. If you are willing to purchase registered mail ($11.50) & Return receipt for international mail ($2.25), which can function as a delivery confirmation, please contact me before purchasig my item so that I can edit the shipping fee.
Additional policies and FAQs
Would you like one of a kind item or any duplicated item from my past sold items?
As a Certified Kimono Consultant & the Authentic Tsumami Kanzashi artisan, I have many kinds of Kimono fabrics for you to choose from, as well as Chiyogami papers and dichroic glass. Color, design, material variations are available for most of my items.

PLEASE CLICK "Request custom Item" under "Policies" located on the left of my front page, to place and discuss your custom order.
Please provide as many following information as possible.

Please be specific of your ideal colors.
Send URLof my sold item which has the color that you like
Send photo of the color if you have any.

Please inform me the approximate size of your order.
Send URL if you are referring from my sold items.

Please inform me if you prefer particular materials, such as comb, hairpin, snap clip, gemstone, pearls etc.
Send URL if you are reffering from my sold items.

For example:numbers of the flowers, single / double layer, leaves, center bead, pep, flower shaped cap, hanging petal strings, hanging beads, bells, Ginbira dangling etc.

For knowing shipping fee, please let me know if you are in the United States or abroad.

Please specify the date you would like your custom order by.

In order for me to start making your order, please send a full payment in advance, including the shipping fee.

Please send me either full up front payment including shipping fee, or 50% deposit. If you are paying 50% deposit, you can take care of your full payment when all the items are completed.
Please note that custom made order is not refundable.

Dur to our long established business relationship, you can make a payment after your company processes the invoice.

I prefer to have at least one week to complete your order, excluding the shipping days. However, it all depends on my current schedule and the type of items. Some elaborate item may take few weeks. Please feel free to send me conversations for any questions!

Depending on the kind of the item, I can complete your order and ship it within a week as long as I carry sufficient supplies. This service is ONLY for those who are REALLY in rush!

My wholesale price is 60% of retail price.

Retail price x 0.6 (60%) = wholesale price
(ex: $10 retail item x 0.6 = $6 Wholesale price)
To obtain the retail price:
Wholesale price devided by 0.6 (60%)= Retail price

This offer is strictly for store buyers / resellers only.
Initial minimum order:$100
From the second order:$100 and up

Please send me your store information along with your request:
Store name
Store address
Store phone number
Website URL if there is any

If you are purchasing from existing items, please send me URLs by conversation so that I can reserve them for you with edited price.
If you would like to place custom orders from my sold items, please do so through "Request custom item" at the right side of my front page under "feedback".

Please send me either full up front payment including shipping fee, or 50% deposit. If you are paying 50% deposit, you can take care of your full payment when all the items are completed.

Authentic Tsumami Kanzashi is traditionally created very delicately using natural supplies. With your gentle care, it can last many years as we have carried it from generation to generation.
Please avoid handling it roughly as you handle the commercial products and enjoy wearing it for a long period of time!
1. Grab, pull, or bend roughly
2. Step on
3. Throw
4. Soak in the water
5. Store under the direct Sun or hot area

Thank you very much for leaving me positive feedbacks(^_^)
I take an extra effort to make sure my customers are happy with my art pieces and services, therefore I have never had any feedback issues so far. However, if you feel unsatisfied with my service, please let me know before you post a feedback. I will do my best to make it right!
I leave you a feedback when I know that you have your order in your hands.

Atelier Kanawa is extremely allergic to the cigarette smoke. All of my artworks are created in a helalthy smoke free environment!

Thank you very much for many of your offers.
I currently do not do consignment, but IF your rate meets my need, I may consider doing it. Please feel free to ask me.

Edo Tsumami Kanzashi Monthly Workshop at Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. has been offered since September 2012.
In this hobby purpose workshop, students get to create many different types of Edo Tsumami Kanzashies as they proceed every month.
Please register at Japan-America Society of Washington D.C., if you would like to enjoy the beauty of our traditional Japanese handicraft.

Please feel free to send me conversations about your transaction, custom request, press inquiry or treasury notice (^-^)
Spam convos not relating above will be deleted by my staff based on Do & Don'ts policy.

Tsumami Kanzashi is the NATIONAL DESIGNATED TRADITIONAL HANDCRAFT which has been carried by REFINED SKILLFULL ARTISANS with PROFOUND UNDERSTANDINGS of Japanese langurage, culture, history, the beauty of Japanese seasons and nature, materials, and most importantly, the responsibility of carrying this art for the future generations.

Minding this, please humbly consider that hobby crafter naming their creations "Tsumami Kanzashi" to sell is absolutely not appropriate.
Hobby crafters seem to have read my master's book, but as an apprentice, I have a responsibility to state that she did not write the book for those who were never professionally trained to affect / destroy the market / quality of our traditional art work, by selling on their own decision. It is a hobby book, for you to enjoy as hobby, but never as business. She actually was very outraged the fact that Chinese mass produced imitation Tsumami Kanzashi for cheap labor, which distroyed the lives of authentic artisans in Tokyo.

When entering traditional Japanese culture, humbly respecting our tradition and the professional courtesy are quite significant.

This is how any Japanese artisan's filed works:
1. It is not a school. You should not casually just ask the master or his / her apprentice to train you. Especially, not introducing yourself at the moment of approaching is considered extremely rude, arrogant, disrespectful in our polite society. No questions asked.
2. You must be offered and accepted by artisan to be trained.
4. Please lean to be humble first. Consider if you are preserving Japanese culture the RIGHT WAY/CORRECTLY. This is the most necessary attitude among any Japanese culture. Do not make something messy for cheap price to bring our quality low.
5. Those who browse around my shop or purchase my Tsumami Kanzashi for the purpose to COPY to SELL, please refrain from doing so. My customers clearly see some of them are very obvious and totally opposite from respecting Japanese spirit which is the most important attitude when it comes to enter our culture.
6. ABSOLUTELY NO COPY RIGHT VIOLATION OF MY MASTER'S BOOK ON ANY WRITTEN SOURCES to show the traditional / professional method of Tsumami Kanzashi, and NO CLASS TO OFFER, UNLESS YOU ARE PERMITTED BY PROFESSIONAL ARTISANS. Do not even think about doing so. Anybody who was never trained has NO rights to violate our sacred field. No question asked.

Thank you very much for your understanding.

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