We are really excited to tell you about our new range - Kanzashi Flower making!
"Kanzashi" is the general term, in English for these pretty little Japanese folded flowers. The word comes from "Hana Kanzashi" = ornamental flower hairpin, which are traditionally worn by trainee Geisha (technically a Geiko, not exactly the same). Hana is the actual work for flower.
These little flowers are made using a lightweight fabric (tradionally silk, though today cotton is often used), and involve folding techniques and the use of a specially prepared starch glue. It is this glue that has made working these flowers in the traditional way difficult in this country.
Gina has wanted to bring this technique - a completely different form of textile trimming - but the availability of the adhesive has been a problem.
Working with a UK glue manufacturer, we have developed a starch adhesive that is exclusive to us, so you will not need to order glue from Japan! Added to that, we'll be bringing tools, materials and of course the how to's so that you can learn how to make these beautiful little flowers to embellish jewellery, hair accessories, cards, home decor and so much more. We've even designed an exclusive range of printed fabrics to create your own little flowers - bringing the tradtional techniques right up to date.
We'll be launching on Create & Craft TV on Saturday 9th, at 11am, and of course the products will be here on our website too. We hope that you can tune in!