Boring bobby pins, move over! Say hello to Kanzashi! Kanzashi is the art and craft of the traditional ornamental hairpin worn by Japanese women. First introduced to Japan centuries ago, they were quite prominent during the Edo era, where hairstyles were larger and more complicated. Over time, the use of kanzashi has declined, as more women prefer a more Westernize style.
In today’s modern world, kanzashi is worn mostly by brides and geishas. However, in recent years, the art of kanzashi has been making a comeback with young, fashion-conscious Japanese women. And you can see why when the hairpins look as gorgeous as these ones created by kanzashi artist, Sakae! Each one of these flower hairpins is made with special care, “so that you will always have the beauty of the seasons by your side.”
These beautiful works of art are handcrafted from pine resin and can take anywhere from 3 days to a a month to complete. For more info on purchasing these hairpins, go to the artist’s Facebook page.