Sunday, 28 October 2012

Hair Accessory Alligator Hair Clip with Pink Peony ピンクのボタンのヘアアクセサリー

Peony or  ボタン in Europe is called "the rose without thorns". In Japan and China it is considered the "King of flowers".


The name itself derived from Paeon or Paean. He was the student of Asclepius, the god of medicine in Greek mithology.


Legend has it that Asclepius was jealous of his student. To save him, Zeus turned Paeon into the peony flower. Although there's another version that says Paeon received the peony from the mother of Apollo.


In China where the flower is originated, peony represents the royal families. Legend has it that queen Mu threw a party in the capital city of Jang-Ahn. Showing off her authority, she ordered all the flowers to bloom at the same time in order to make her happy. Although all the flowers obeyed, the peony didn't. The Queen was so angry that she had it sent away to the country side called NakYang. As soon as the peony arrived in NakYang, it bloomed even more beautifully. When the Queen heard this she was enraged and ordered that the peony had to be burned. Peculiarly even after burning, the peony still bloomed.


Having such a long history, it is no wonder that the peony bears so many symbolic meanings. In China and Japan, it has pretty much the same, it symbolizes a symbol of wealth, good fortune and prosperity and a happy marriage too.


Despite these myths and symbolic meanings, no one would doubt that the beauty of peony makes this flower one of the most exquisite flowers.


This is the first peony kanzashi I've made. It is made from hand-stamped batik. Pink for the petals and green for the leaves. I used the Japanese method of tsumami kanzashi to assemble the petals. It is mounted on this beautifully-carved metal alligator hair clip. I added tiny swarovski crystals as if the petals were studded with dew.


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