Kanzashi flowers in bloom

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 Kanzashi are the decorative hair ornaments used in traditional Japanese hairstyles. Today, they are most often worn by brides and geisha participating in tea ceremonies. For geisha, the style and manner in which kanzashi are worn indicates status. Apprentice geisha wear more elaborate kanzashi than older geisha do, and they progress through several hairstyles where the kanzashi ornaments must be worn in a particular fixed pattern.
It is interesting to note that some people collect kanzashi because of their unique beauty and historical significance within the Japanese culture.
Kanzashi fabric flowers are traditionally made with hobotai silk to give them a brilliant color and rich texture. However, many modern  crafters have had success creating these pretty petals with cotton or synthetic fabrics.

We made this very special kanzashi flower custom clutch for sweet Amanda as a wedding gift for her mum. Hope you like it as much as we do. :)

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