In Japan, there are certain streets that, while not hidden, known to few and tricky to find. If you walk down these streets, you may feel like a magic spell has carried you back in time. In that country, it is possible to experience a moment from decades or even centuries past. A handful of artists still practice ancient crafts, and people incorporate these traditions into their daily lives.
A Traditional Craft, A Piece of Wearable Art
RuffleCon is proud to present one such artist this year. Orisian is a maker of traditional as well as modern style kanzashi. Typically made of hundreds of tiny scraps of colorful fabric, kanzashi are hair pins or clips. Flowers, birds, and animals are some of the most common designs although there are often abstract or geometric patterns. The creation of a single kanzashi takes a skilled artist many hours of labor. The artists must place and carefully glue or sew together each individual petal.
Kanzashi are a popular part of a kimono ensemble. The seasons often dictate the choice of designs and colors of kimono and accessories worn together. The seasons and the flowers associated with them hold significant meaning in Japanese culture and fashion. Other factors include the age of the wearer and the type of event they are attending. It might be fun to think about what type of kimono you would wear to RuffleCon!
Orisian frequents more "modern" venues such as BrilliantStar ☆ Decorations (BRIDECO) with RuffleCon alumni Brilliant Kingdom, as well as in Paris at JapanExpo! We are really excited to shop their booth in the RuffleCon Marketplace! We love the trend of blending traditional Japanese garments and accessories with newer fashions like Lolita and Fairy Kei. Have you ever mixed the styles of different eras?