Kanzashi made by Kitty Kanzashi ^_^

Belfast, United Kingdom · 93 Sales


Kanzashi made by Kitty Kanzashi ^_^

Belfast, United Kingdom 93 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Helen O

Helen O on Apr 26, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Such a beautiful clip - thank you!


cathydeff on Apr 17, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

wonderful seller, gets to my queries quickly and ges the job done to a high standard. highly recommended.


Lorrie on Apr 14, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This veil is absolutely amazing!

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From kimono to kanzashi obsession!!

My love for tsumami kanzashi making came about when I just started to collect kimono. There I was browsing the kimono forums when BANG I saw my first kanzashi. I thought they were the most beautiful things in the world and something in my mind just told me to make them.

So I began to research and experiment with this tsumami technique during any sparetime I had. Practicing the folds to make the petals, trying out glues to find the best ones for the type of work I wanted to do and generally playing around.

During my kanzashi playtime period as I like to call it, I would occasionally make a few whenever there is a small Japan fair occurring or if one of my friends wanted one. Nothing serious and all a lot of fun however in 2010 things all changed.

When 2010 came I found myself out of work and on the verge of moving to another city. I could not just sit at home and wait for things to happen so I told myself, why not open an etsy shop and fill it with your creations? So that is what I did and Kitty Kanzashi was born!

I began making small little hairclips using quilting fabric that my friend said she no longer needed but I instantly saw the potential. As my confidence grew with my tsumami skills, I was soon making more intricate pieces as I was getting married and thus my bridal collection was born.

Now I have settled in Belfast in Northern Ireland where I am trying to enjoy what life has to offer. Working for a charity during the day and then at nights working on Kitty Kanzashi store with only my husband for moral support (with the occasional slice of cake).

My aim is to take an ancient and dying crafting technique and using it to create pieces of modern wearable art. My inspirations from the past (kimono patterns), right to the modern times especially from the Japanese lolita fashion.


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  • Kitty Kanzashi

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    A girl who is mad about kanzashi!

Shop policies

Last updated on February 21, 2012
Hi there,

This little store will be dedicated to the wonderful world of kanzashi that I have made. Each one will be handmade and I will never send a kanzashi out until I am completely happy with the end results.

Making kanzashi is one of my passion and when I am not studying towards my professional exams, I am thinking about possible kanzashi projects.

All my kanzashi in my shop are fully customisable because I know how important it is to have something that is just right for you.

I have an array of standard habutae colours on offer:

* Ivory
* White
* Lilac
* Purple
* Royal Blue
* Pale Blue
* Red
* Black
* Baby pink
* Pale Yellow
* Green
* Orange

In addition, every so often I will buy vintage kimono fabric to make kanzashi. If you are interested in having a kanzashi which is truly unique then this is the way because once the fabric has been used up, it is highly unlikely that I will be able to find more.

Once a design has been settled on, it will take me 5 working days to make and it will be shipped immediately. Of course if you wish to have photos of the item before delivery then let me know and I will send you some.

Happy shopping!

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Other Method
If I have listed items in my store then I expect payment to be made within a week of purchase.

If you have placed a custom order then I would request full payment to be made upfront as a sign of good faith that you are serious about the order. All custom orders will be made to your specifications and a lot of time and effort will be put into your order.

I will only accept payment via Paypal.
I will only ship items once I have received full payment and shipping will be standard first class Royal Mail and will take up to 5-10 working days to arrive. If you wish to have insurance or next day delivery please contact me beforehand so that I am able to find out how much it will cost for you.
Refunds and Exchanges
Every attempt will be made to ensure your item will arrive in perfect condition however things happen. Unfortunately due to the nature of the product I am selling I can not offer refunds or exchanges.
Additional policies and FAQs
As the majority of my kanzashi listings are made to order, you will be able to customise your order!

I love custom orders because it is always a pleasure to work with different materials and ideas. So whether you are looking for a traditional or completely off the wall design then just let me know and we can discuss your requirement

Just to let you know, due to the intricate nature of the tsumami technique used, it can take up to 2-3 days (or longer depending on size of order and timing) to create your kanzashi so please order in advance to avoid disappointment.

On average I spend 6 hours per a kanzashi which is spread over two days. Quality control is very strict in my workshop and I always make sure that each flower is perfect before I use them.