The introduction of the Artist vol.3 “Rei Furuya”

The famous Tsumami-zaiku artists will talk about their thoughts about Tsumami-zaiku.

The third time is Ms. Rei Furuya, who pursues traditional tsumami-zaiku technic and continues to make its sense as a modern tsumami-zaiku.


2016 Started Tsumami-zaiku order sales
2016 Certified Instructor of Japan Traditional Craft Tsumami-zaiku Association
2018 Instructor of “Traditional Tsumami-zaiku Application Course”
2019 Tsumami-zaiku Instructor of Hoshinoya Tokyo “Edo Beauty Stay”
2019 Professor of “The General Association of Tsumami-zaiku ” Traditional Craft Craftsmanship

Q1. How did you start working on Tsumami-zaiku? (Or did you get involved?)

I was interested in kimono and Japanese culture, and was fascinated by the gorgeous and delicate Tsumami-zaiku and started to learn. While using traditional techniques, I always aim to create Tsumami-zaiku that can be used in kimono and for daily clothing to fit in modern life.

Q2. What are your commitments to your work and what do you care about?

Beauty as a traditional craft. Tsumami-zaiku, made using traditional methods is very delicate and glossy. For my artwork, keeping the traditional style, while also incorporating a modern sense of color and design. I make things I want to wear.

Q3. What is the attractiveness of Tsumami-zaiku for you?

A small cloth is folded together to create Tsumami-zaiku.It really attracts me that this simple thin, small cloth turns out to be a beautiful work which can be express infinitely.

Q4. What do you think about the future possibilities of Tsumami-zaiku?

Recently there are specialty shops and online shops for Tsumami-zaiku, and it is easy to get starch glue in Japan. Now that many people are able to experience traditional crafts close, I believe that proposing things that can be incorporated into daily life and fashion will lead to preserve the tradition of Tsumami-zaiku.

Q5. What do you want to make in the future?

First, I want to advance the work making what I want to wear and decorate. At the same time, I would like to make more artistic works, not to use them, but to appreciate them.

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