The art of Tsumami Kanzashi is a traditional Japanese handicraft where small pieces of fabric are folded into elaborate flowers to adorn hair ornaments. These decorative pieces originate from Japan's Joumon period, as far back as 14,000 BC, when thin sticks were believed to have the power to ward off evil, and were thus worn in the hair. To embellish these mystical hairpieces, the art of tsumami – meaning to fold or pinch – was created, utilizing the leftover scraps of kimono silk to add beautiful and intricate ornamentation.
There are fewer than ten classically-trained tsumami kanzashi artisans remaining in the world today, but the craft has become a popular hobby, even outside of Japan, keeping this beautiful art alive.
In this class, Kari Gaines will teach you the basic technique of creating tsumami kanzashi, using ribbon and other readily available craft supplies. You will be shown the traditional method of the pointed petal shape and how to turn a simple spool of ribbon into a beautiful hairpiece to take home with you.
Sign up today and bring a little piece of Japan’s colorful artistic history into your life!
Saturday, October 13th, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Class is $25 and includes instruction, tools and all materials.