Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Versatile Triple PEONIES Duo Brooch Hair Clip

It's probably kind of late to write about peonies since according to seasonal kanzashi calendar, February or March is the month of peony. But I'm not a traditional tsumami zaiku crafter so I don't have to follow the tradition, do I?

The thing is that I like to make tsumami zaiku which is wearable for all occasion and fashion. It is an art but a craft at the same time. This tendency is also happening among the tsumami zaiku crafters in Japan. They make tsumami zaiku to cater not only the kimono wearers but also those who don't wear kimono.

Anyway, peony is usually presented as a single flower. However, I had an idea to make a triple peonies like a bouquet. Consequently, I had to make very small peonies so that the three make up a moderate size as a hair fascinator or as a brooch.

I tried to be a bit more adventurous with the fabric choice. This time I used kimono hagire or kimono silk cuts, batik cotton and chirimen.

From left to right: chirimen, kimono silk, batik cotton

Clockwise: kimono silk, batik, and chirimen

This may look messy but when the glue dries, they look much better. Sorry for the bad quality of the photo. I used my cellphone camera to take this picture.


Although I always plan everything beforehand, I often make some changes in the process, like changing the color combination. So these are the results. I switched the chirimen. Somehow I thought, the scarlett would look brighter with light green chirimen.

If you see from these pictures, they may look big but they are actually about 6 cms or 2.3 inches altogether.

Red peonies kanzashi inspired BATIK and VINTAGE kimono silk duo Hair Clip BROOCH

SCARLETT Peach peonies kanzashi inspired from BATIK and vintage kimono SILK duo Hair Clip Brooch


Each is mounted on a duo hair clip and brooch. Therefore, they can be worn as a hair fascinator or a brooch.

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