TOKYO Teshigoto
2019.10.21

Let’s craft a Shichigosan hair ornament in Yume Kobo’s ‘Tsumami Kanzashi Experience’!

Workshop Experience

Let’s craft a Shichigosan hair ornament in this ‘Tsumami Kanzashi Experience’!

  • Contents: Tsumami Kanzashi Experience (2 Shichigosan hair ornaments)
  • Participation Fee: 8,000 JPY (tax excluded) *Material costs included
  • Time required: Approximately 60 minutes (depending on the individual pace)
  • How to make a reservation: At least two weeks in advance, please let us know (1) your contact information (2) desired date and time and (3) number of participants.
    TEL : +81 (0) 47–337-0231
  • Remarks:
    *There is also a ‘Tsumami Kanzashi Class’ that changes the hair ornament to be created every month. Please contact us for more information.

Trying out the ‘Tsumami Kanzashi Experience’ is Ms Kobayashi (to the left), guiding the experience is Mr Minoru Hozumi (to the right) of ‘Yume Kobo – The Dream Atelier’. The experience is held at the workshop where Mr Hozumi is creating his Tsumami Kanzashi every day.

A gorgeous traditional craft made from colourful cloth!!

At the time of Shichigosan (a festival to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children), you can see girls wearing kimono and small hair ornaments called Kanzashi. If you look closely at the Kanzashi, you’ll notice that many of the bright floral shapes are made out of cloth. Folding colourfully-dyed fabrics in a ‘tsumami (pinching)’ way to create flower shapes is called Tsumami Kanzashi, and is designated as the traditional craft ‘Edo Tsumami Kanzashi’ by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Today we visited ‘Yume Kobo – The Dream Atelier’, a workshop led by Minoru Hozumi, a craftsman who has been pursuing the techniques to create Tsumami Kanzashi for nearly 70 years. At Mr Hozumi’s workshop, a ‘Tsumami Kanzashi Class’ is held regularly to spread knowledge of this traditional technique. Today, Ms Kobayashi participated in the ‘Tsumami Kanzashi Experience’, intended for people with no prior knowledge of Tsumami Kanzashi.

Pinch a small square piece of cloth and form a petal!

The materials and tools that Mr Hozumi prepared are very basic. Red and white small square pieces of cloth, some tweezers to ‘pinch’ the cloth, a board to arrange the pinched petals together for gluing, a desk to combine the petals into flowers, and decorations such as the centre parts of the flowers. It seems mysterious how such a gorgeous hair ornament can be created with these simple materials and tools.

There are two ways to pinch a square piece of cloth, a bulging ‘round pinch’ and a powerful ‘sword pinch’ with sharp pointed petals. This time we form petals with a ‘round pinch’.

Holding the tweezers like chopsticks apparently makes the process easier. First, we pinch a piece of cloth with tweezers and fold it diagonally into a triangle. Next, we pinch the centre of the triangle with the tweezers and make another triangle. When making this triangle, we pinch the upper part with tweezers and fold the lower part to both sides. After aligning the folds and pinching them with one’s left finger tips we can remove the tweezers. The resulting petals are placed on the board for gluing.

Let’s glue the petals together into ‘flowers’!

In this experience five ‘flowers’ are made. Since there are five petals per flower, we need 25 petals to create five flowers. Once we have all the necessary petals, we put them on the desk and glue them together.

Since the petals are infused with glue, we can combine them by gently pressing them together.

After combining all five petals, the Zagane, a decoration for the centre part of the flower, is attached to complete one flower.

When all ‘flowers’ are ready, they are ‘assembled’ to form a Tsumami Kanzashi!

Once we have all the necessary ‘flowers’, the next step is to ‘assemble’ them. Assembling is difficult for beginners, so from here, Mr Hozumi will proceed in our stead. The flowers are bundled, wound up with thread, and quickly assembled.

With the skill of the master, the assembly process proceeds smooth and steady.

Adding decorations such as ‘bira’ (petals) and ‘sagari’ (drooping parts creating the look of a wisteria) the Tsumami Kanzashi is completed! It is fastened with a metal hair clasp. In addition to the Shichigosan festival, it can be arranged and used by adults instead of corsages and charms.

Once the glue is completely dry, the Tsumami Kanzashi can be put in a box to take them home.

Also note there is a ‘Tsumami Kanzashi Class’ that changes the hair ornament to be crafted every month!

In addition to the ‘Tsumami Kanzashi Experience’ for beginners introduced this time, ‘Yume Kobo – The Dream Atelier’ also holds a ‘Tsumami Kanzashi Class’ that changes the hair ornament to be crafted every month. Look forward to what kind of Kanzashi will be created next. Please feel free to contact us for details.

  • Company name: Yume Kobo – The Dream Atelier
  • Address: Ono-machi 1-408, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba-ken
  • Business hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00
  • Regular holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, Public and New Year’s Holidays
  • Homepage: https://yume-tsumami.com/
  • Access: Get off at Keisei Main Line ‘Keisei Hachiman Station’, take the Keisei Bus from ‘Keisei Hachiman Station’ headed to ‘Hon 33 / Ichikawa Eigyosho’ and get off at ‘Takatsuka Iriguchi Station’, about 8 minutes on foot.