The introduction of the Artist vol.9 “Suzumachi” Ms.Hiroyo Kurihara

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


Published a book “Suzumachi method of easy Tsumami-zaiku” (Publishing Boutique Co., Ltd.).
Published in Mitsukoshi Isetan (Japanese department store) Catalog.

Exhibition and sales at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi (Japanese department store)
Exhibition and sale at Hankyu Umeda (Japanese department store)

As an instructor:
Workshop at “Suzunoya” (kimono shop), Culture school, Cruise ship Asuka Ⅱ, kimono event, etc. Approximately 100 students.

Kits and tools for sale

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

“What a beautiful craft!” This was my first impression when I picked up a book of Tsumami-zaiku. The book showed how to make, but couldn`t figure out just by reading the book I purchased. From this experience, I began to explore how to make them beautiful. This is the reason I was caught up in Tsumami-zaiku.

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

I am particular about making it with traditional technique using starch glue and habutae (thin silk). There are many useful things, but I take my time to making them. I value tradition, but some design is avant-garde. Making use of the material and I prevent unnecessary materials.

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

Everything starts with a square. It’s always the same, but it can be expressed in a variety by changing colors and arrangements. Because it is a simple technique, I put a lot of thought into making them and this always gives me a continuous discovery.

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

Since it starts with a few tools and familiar materials, I feel that many people are enjoying Tsumami-zaiku and are becoming very aware. As a tool to enrich our lives in the future, I think more and more people will be involved in Tsumami-zaiku in search of connections between people and society. I want to feel the possibility of Tsumami-zaiku further while respecting the tradition.

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

I’m working on several things in my own design and color coordination. This time it is not an image of wearing a kimono. It is an image worn by a natural girl in the soft light of the forest…it`s difficult to describe since I do not sketch the design. Please look forward to it!

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