About MizukiAt Moonfield, we use artificial flower dyes to color our silk, providing delicate coloration with a decidedly natural atmosphere.
We also use two person teams to bring out each artist’s greatest strengths and create beautiful works that have the perfect balance in color and shape.
Often, when you look at the back of a Tsumami Zaiku work, you’ll see the thick paper cut-outs that form the foundation.
At Moonfield, we wrap that thick paper in pure silk, giving our work a polished appearance from any angle.
|Artifact Name||Tsumami Zaiku : Textiles / Dyed Products|
Tsumami Zaiku is a traditional art originating in the early 17th century.
Small pieces of thin silk or paper are folded, pinched, and affixed to backing to create three-dimensional representations of flowers, birds, and butterflies, also known as “cloth reliefs.”
This uniquely Japanese art encompasses twelve techniques, including sankaku-tsumami(triangle-pinching), ken-tsumami(sword-pinching), and maru-tsumami (circle-pinching).
Tsumami Zaiku is most commonly seen enhancing the beautiful hairpins worn by maiko, the traditional female entertainers of Kyoto.
The Traditional Craftsman Profile
She began doing Tsumami Zaiku in Kyoto at age 15.
In the year 2013, she sold her first products at her crafter mother’s sales booth at an event in Nagoya. In 2015, she exhibited at Tokyo’s Aozora Koten, a marketplace for handmade goods.
The same year, her works became a permanent fixture at her mother’s general store, Sakurazuki.
In January of 2016, she presented her work at “Furisode (Long-sleeve Kimono) Exhibition” that was held at a Japan’s large department store, Meitetsu Department Store.
She currently runs a workshop class once a month.
- 1.Material cutting
- Raw silk, dyed or taken from a kimono, is cut into squares of fixed dimensions.
- Myriad squares are pinched to form petals.
- The pinched petals are arranged on the foundation.
- The foundation is fastened to the hairpin or clip, then shaped.
●Deciding on the finished shape requires a high amount of artistic skill, as the real charm of Tsumami Zaiku comes from the way the nature scenes are depicted. Production scene 01 Production scene 02 Production scene 03
Maiko and floral hairpinsThe Tsumami Zaiku hairpins worn by the maiko of Kyoto feature a different motif for every month.
These hairpins, also known as hana-kanzashi, reflect the changing of the seasons, as well as the maiko’s own professional history and interests.
Those who have been maiko for less than a year have smaller flowers and a “bura” dangling from their hairpin.
When they enter their second year, the bura is removed, and they are allowed to wear larger flowers as they acquire more seniority.
Maiko in Kyoto
Maiko latte art
The chrysanthemumThe chrysanthemum is an important symbol to the Japanese people.
It is the national flower, the flower of the imperial family, and it even appears on their passports.
Its fragrance, color, and all-around charm has mesmerized Japanese people for centuries.
Location & Address
■ 美月: Mizuki
- Postal code
- 5-9-1F Komabacho Mizuho-ku Nagoya Aichi
- Business hours
- 11:00 - 17:00
- Sundays / National holidays