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Sunday, December 11, 2011

What is Tsumami Kanzashi?

Tsumami Kanzashi is the Japanese technique of fabric folding that creates beautiful fabric flowers like those worn by geisha.  The term translates more literally into fabric pinching.

One of my temari balls on Etsy was included in a treasury along with a kanzashi flower artist.  I was instantly captivated.  I began to research how to make the kanzashi.  A background in origami was extremely useful in picking up the technique quickly.

I received fabric scraps of mostly vintage fabrics from a quilting group.  With those fabrics and some vintage buttons and beads I created a collection of hairclips.
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