I want to show you something different today. It goes very well outside of the classic kanzashi look and I made it to push my boundaries a little bit further. There are so many different techniques used, but a part of it is definitely tsumami zaiku with the smallest petals made from only 1 cm squares. This kanzashi took a long time to finish because of how much I had to wait after completing each stage to let it dry! But it’s finally here and I am quite proud of it.
When it comes to kanzashi - do you prefer the classic designs or the unique ones more? Which ones would you wear with kimono?
A flower of rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan - hydrangea sprinkled with tiny water droplets and a tiny snail taking shelter on the leaf. Maiko wear ajisai in June - it’s an alternative motif to willow. Preferred by senior maiko, but junior versions also exist. This kanzashi is not really inspired by a specific maiko kanzashi as such, but a kind of my own take on it. I hope you like it!
Kanzashi Gatsu - 17th April - Yanagi and tsuyushiba
「かんざ四月」- 四月十七日 - 柳と露芝
Apologies for a tsuyushiba pattern repeat today! There are so many versions of willow that maiko wear and I like all of them, but the one that striked me the most was a version with tsuyushiba that back in the day my favourite maiko wore. Do you think you can find out which maiko I’m talking about?