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About Chirimenbunny

Greetings from Chirimenbunny!

 
Hi! I am Tomoko, a owner of this shop,live in Osaka,Japan.

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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.

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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.

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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· · ·

 

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 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...

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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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Thanks you so much!!

 

Tomoko


 

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