The introduction of the Artist vol.5 “Kinuyo Tomura”

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

The fifth one is Ms.Kinuyo Tomura, a tsumami-zaiku artisan representing modern Japan, who has been contributing to the development of traditional handicrafts for a long time.


1941 Born in Hakuho, Yamagata Prefecture
1962 Studied under Mr. Hide Tomura, Tsumami-zaiku artisan, and began training.
1997 Designated as the holder of the Arakawa-ku Registered Intangible Cultural Property
2015 Designated Asanashi Cultural Property Holder, Arakawa Ward
2017 Started workshop as Professional Instructor at Tsumami-zaiku shop,”TSUMAMIDO”
2019 Started workshop as Professional Instructor at Tsumami-zaiku shop, “Tsumami-zaiku ICHIRINDO”

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

 When I was 15 years old, I got Tsumami-kanzashi for souvenir and I was fascinated by the beauty and delicate making of the combination of the color.
At first sight,I wanted to make it myself. After a while, I was adopted by my aunt, who was a Tsumami-zaiku artesian to master the technique and entered this path.

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

Since kanzashi is an ornament used for celebration, I carefully make it one by one while thinking about the combination of colors that will enhance the mood of the person who takes it. Cloths I use are mainly “Habutae” (soft and very thin silk) which is very light and can dye neatly. It looks very gorgeous.

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

The most attractive thing about Tsumami-zaiku is its delicate making. In addition, because the combination of colors and the design are also free, it is possible to produce various unique works depending on the imagination of the person who makes it.

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

Tsumami-zaiku can be made not only for kanzashi, but also for modern styles, such as brooches, earrings, etc. I think that it is a good way to be well-known if it is used other than kanzashi.

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

I want to express the flowers that are actually blooming with Tsumami-zaiku. To do that, I research every day to make more kinds of flowers through trial and error.

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