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Tsumami Kanzashi is a Japanese craft dating back hundreds of years. It’s the making of hair ornaments for women made by folding colorful silk fabrics into flower like designs. It’s so appealing! And to do it right looks like it takes hours of painstaking work. But luckily there are also some less time-consuming examples posted on Craftster.
Here’s a place that sells Kanzashi. It’s got tons of examples of what it can look like.
This website has a bunch of movie clips that demonstrate Kanzashi being made by a Japanese expert.
More discussion: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19815
And another website to buy beautiful finished Kanzashi from (and other really cool Japanese-inspired handmade things).
Wondering where to buy some fabric to make your own Kanzashi? Ah! Kimono purchases used Kimonos from Japan that are damaged in some way and cannot be worn anymore. They carefully cut the Kimonos into pieces of fabric that you can buy and make things out of.
Wondering where to buy rice paste (the authentic “glue” used to make Tsumami Kanzashi)? Check out bookbinding supply companies like Lineco who sell jars of pure rice starch.