Tsumami Zaiku, a traditional Japanese craft, dates back to the Edo period. Officially recognized as a traditional Japanese handicraft since 1982, you need to train over many years to become established professionals.
Small square pieces of cloth are folded or pinched and connected together to create beautiful motifs usually in sync with the season.
This technique is most prominently seen in decorating kanzashi (簪), hair ornaments used to dress hair when wearing a kimono.
Seasons play an important role in Japanese attire and hair ornaments are no different.
In the video, you see the making of a chrysanthemum, which is symbolic for longevity and rejuvenation in Japanese culture and is most associated with autumn.
In spring, you see women adorning their hair with cherry blossoms.
Types of Tsumami Kanzashi
Traditional flower sets
These are used for occasions like the Seijin-no-Hi (Day to celebrate your entry to adulthood). You also see kids versions of these that are usually used when children dress up for Shichi-Go-San.
Japanese Bridal set
Each of these represents a season in Japan; you can see tiny snowflakes on the comb!
Western Bridal set
Many Japanese have a Western-style, white wedding and women wear a white gown. This is perfect for such brides, you can also consider gifting smaller versions of these!
How about trying your hand at it with Ayano sensei? With workshops starting from 2000 yen, you can create a unique souvenir during your trip to Japan!
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