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Delicate and beautiful Tsumami craft


Konnichiwa! Hallo everyone!

This time, I would like to talk about "Tsumami craft", a Japanese fabric flower-making that I am personally interested in.

【What is Tsumami craft?】

Tsumami craft is a traditional craft work made by pinching and folding a piece of cloth cut into squares and gluing it.

You can also make flowers, butterflies, birds, etc. by stacking several folded pieces of cloth.

"Edo Kanzashi hairpin" is famous, and it seems that the Tumami craft is often used for Kanzashi and Obidome. I was very curious because I often see very beautiful and delicate decorations recently.

【History of Tsumami craft】

It is said that in 1785, Sir Yasuteru in Kyoto made a kusudama hairpin using a piece of his wife's old clothes, which is said to be the beginning of the Tumami craft.

Sir Yasuteru bent bamboo to make tools like the current tweezers and studied the technique. After that, he made a Tumami-crafted hanging ball and presented it to Emperor Go Momozono.

Then, in Kyoto, the court ladies began to make flower decorations using the surplus cloth of the kimono, and decorated them in letter boxes and amulet bags.

After that, the technique of petal hairpin was born, and it is thought that it spread all over the country in the Meiji era. But since the technique was handed down between the master and the disciple, there are few things left as books, and the accurate history and technique does not seem to remain much.

Around 1880, there was a time when Western civilization entered Japan and its lifestyles and customs changed drastically. As a result, women's hairstyles changed, and the demand for hairpins decreased and declined.It seems that there are many other things that have declined at this time.

Modern Tsumami craft is often made as a hair accessory again or accessory to match a kimono. It's so cute!

【How to make a Tsumami craft】

There are "Round Tsumami" with round petals and "Sword Tsumami" with sharp petals.

Each has a gentle impression and a dignified impression.

It is made using a cloth cut into squares, starch glue, and tweezers. Many were made using a Habutae cloth.

"Habutae" is a typical silk fabric, and is woven by a method called plain weave, in which warps and wefts intersect alternately. It features a delicate and beautiful finish.

Nowadays, "Tsumami craft" is made from cotton and crepe textile, but the traditional one is made from this "Habutae cloth".

Nowadays, it is made of cotton or crepe textile, and it is attached with a bond or sewn together, but the traditional method is starch glue.

There seems to be a workshop that even beginners can participate in, so it may be easier to experience than other traditional crafts.

Some people sell handmade items online. If you are interested, please look for it!


We deliver you Japanese genuine skill with warmhearted crafts. We hope that we can continue to help you add color to your life with "tradition" and "craftsmanship".





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