The introduction of the Artist vol.12 Ms. Hiromi Banjo

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


2016: Started self-taught Tsumami-zaiku using chirimen fabric.
Enjoy as a hobby and receive orders.
2018: Started using and selling “Habutae” (thin silk) while receiving orders. Started dyeing.
2019: Retired from the consumer electronics retailer where worked for 10 years.
Started a brand “Tsumami ban” based in Kanazawa but actively promoted in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Shiga, Hyogo, and Kyoto by holding workshops.
Started order sales and consignment sales at kimono shops.
2020: Began Instagram LIVE introducing the process of making original works.

Instagram:  @hirominban

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

I got into taking a walk around Kanazawa in kimono and started thinking to make my own hair ornaments.

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

I always use “Habutae” cloths which I dyed myself. I wanted more and more people to use “Habutae” cloths I dyed and started workshops so that people can use it more easily. I want to change the image of “Habutae” which supposed to be too good. I do workshops in various places to show my original work.

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

What attracts me is that by using small pieces of cloths, you can create many kinds of flowers. Shirring technique which I often use is extremely attractive. Even though I use the same size cloth, it can form into different flowers by a number of petals, or cutting angles, or the order I attach the petals.

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

Although it may be best to do face-to-face workshops, nowadays many teachers (including myself) run online workshops and have opportunities to share their original works and techniques and this also will be a chance for more people to learn about Tsumami-zaiku at home.
I believe that by preserving and caring traditional techniques and by creating more high-quality works can develop our skills. I’m really looking forward to it.

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

I want to make a seasonal flower kanzashi for 12 months and create something what everyone can make.

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