There are three basic methods to make Tsumami. Traditional method is “Starch glue method” and this method is used by generations of artisans. “Craft glue method” is popular among recent Tsumami zaiku artists. “Sewing method” is new method which is useful for fabrics that can not use glue.
For each making process, please refer to the following pages .
1. Traditional Starch Glue Method
Using starch glue
Using starch glue is the traditional way of making Tsumami.
Since this glue is not quick-drying, you can adjust petals easily.
Example using starch glue method: Habutae Dankiku (Silk Chrysanthemum)
You can make small and multi layered petals with very sensitive silk cloth by using Starch glue method.
2. Craft Glue Method
Using craft glue
Craft glue method is new way of making Tsumami.
You can make and store petals one by one with craft glue.
Example: Layered ken-tsumami
You can show sharp appearance by using craft glue method.
3. Sewing Method
Sewing method is suitable for fabrics which glue does not adhere.
Very effective for making big petals. It is strong and durable.
Example : Puku-Ume
You can make this cute stuffed petals using sewing method!