Greetings from Chirimenbunny!
Hi! I am Tomoko, a owner of this shop,live in Osaka,Japan.
I had been working with textile and fabric trading companies for many years
At that time, there were a lot of opportunities to watch and touch the fabric.
One day, I was very fascinated by the crepe fabric that I happened to see at a handicraft store.
The crepe fabric “Chirimen” as we call it in Japanese ,
Chirimen has a completely different luster than ordinary plain weave that I handle at textile trading companies.
Even if it is plain,no patterns...how can I say... it is presence and glamour....
Why didn’t I notice this until now? I thought.
I thought about creating something out of this crepe fabric"Chirimen",
At first I was making pouches etc.,
Then,I met what we call in Japanese "Tsumami-Zaiku"(Tsumami Kanzashi).
"Tsumami-zaiku" is a Japanese traditional craft from the Edo period(1603~1896)
It is a fashion that started by crafting little items with the pieces of fabric left after making kimono.
By cutting small squares out of the fabric left,
pinching and folding one by one into a shape of a petal
and combining all together
It turns to beautiful accessories· · ·
I love the spirit of “up cycle” ...and
the idea to use the patterns to represent flowers and birds also by incorporating 4 seasons motifs
into the hand crafting makes this art very “Japanese.”I think...
Sakura-cherry blossom representing Japanese spring
Through the experience of Tsumami zaiku(Kanzashi) crafting,
I am also fascinated by Kimono and now I can put on Kimono by myself.
Chirimen and Tsumami-zaiku(Kanzashi) changed my life.
Now,I remember the world trip I did when I was young,
I met people that were very kind to me and different cultures inspired me.
I think it's time for me to inspire more foreign who comes to Japan
or are interested in Japan and Japanese culture by our Japanese traditional craft; “Tsumami-Zaiku(kanzashi)”
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