Principle of the Association
We will inherit the traditional craft of Tsumami-zaiku and promote it to the world by offering traditional techniques that have lasted for more than 200 years in order to pass it on to the next generation.
Tsumami-zaiku is a traditional Japanese craft known as Tsumami kanzashi (ornamental hairpin) for kimono. By pinching and folding small squares of cloth with tweezers, it is formed in the shape of a flower, etc. It is also called "origami of cloth".
Tsumami-zaiku is the only traditional craft in Japan that anyone can enjoy as long as there is a space about the size of a placemat. Tsumami-zaiku can be used to make not only ornamental hairpins, but also accessories for daily use, interior decorations, and many other things depending on your ideas. The charm of this craft is spreading beyond national borders.
However, the origin and the legitimacy of the 200-year-long tradition are not widely known even in Japan. One of the reasons is because they are made with cloth and are processed by gluing which the aging process is very intense and is not suitable for preservation. Also, most of them were burned in WWⅡand due to this there is barely any literature left.
ITA aims to realize the value of traditional Japanese culture through Tsumami-zaiku, and to share the pride and spirit of Japan with people around the world to create a peaceful future.