The Japanese Kanji for beautiful is Ki-rei 綺麗
Hello. My name is Eri Kimura and I come from Nagoya in Japan’s Aichi prefecture. In 1994 while working at The Ginza Tanaka Jewellery Store I met Momoe Hashimoto and became lifelong friends. Later I travelled to see the world and lived abroad. Momoe trained in the arts of Kimono and Tsumami to become a qualified teacher at the Wagokoro Omotenashi school. Momoe applied her skills in these disciplines and her understanding the beauty of Japanese products to create the Sungrace brand. After living overseas for many years I have returned to Japan to rediscover many of the traditional customs like Kimono & Tsumami craft, and my treasured friendship with Momoe. Momoe is great inspiration in my life and helped me remember my roots. I created e-kirei.co.jp to share the Momoe’s beautiful works in Sungrace with the western world.
Momoe’s Sungrace Tsumami Process
Process (1) Design & Recipe Making
It is useful not only for mass production, but also for repair.
Process (2) Fabric selection & sample making
There is a case to advance only by the cloth and the design picture check to actually use, but I sometimes make the sample.
Process (3) Production
Once the fabric, hue, parts, etc. are decided, it enters the production.
Process (4) Inspection and design check
how it looks like when wore them, how to shake, and the balance from front, side and back
If there is no problem, it is completed by setting the unused parts for sale and delivery.
Sungrace products are always inspected using 10 times the loupe. Thus, Sungrace products, design → sample → improvement → inspection … we are shipping products again.
What is Tsumami Craft(Knob work)?
Tsumami craft is a small cloth that combines “folding” and “knob” multiple to form the flower bird wind moon of the four seasons,
It is a traditional craft designated by Tokyo from the Edo period, which colors combs and kanzashi gorgeously. The knob work is mainly used for thin plain woven silk and chirimen fabrics, which are used for the lining of kimonos called feather doubles.
The history of knobcraft was about two hundred years ago.
The technique of ‘Japanese accessory’ that the woman in the court and the back maid of the daimyo enjoyed as a hobby is the beginning.
It has been indispensable for Japanese hair since the Meiji era, and it began to be applied to the flower comb.
Gentle feel Cute and gorgeous knob work is indispensable for Japanese events such as 753, adult ceremony, wedding, etc.
It is popular as a hair ornament to color the day of the woman’s fine today now.
The knob work has been used as a hair ornament of the Japanese dress such as the kanzashi for a long time.
However, it is now being used in various situations.
For example, for everyday accessories such as earrings and brooches.
Techniques of Tsumami craft
- Maru Tsumami: It is characterized by a round, plump and round flower petal tip.
- Ken Tsumami: It is a feature that the tip of the petal sat like a sword. It is called a sword Tsumami or a corner Tsumami.