Japanese Silk Ornaments

Japanese Hand-sewn Chirimen Chestnut, (Kuri) Ornaments


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Dimensions: 2-1/4" - 1-3/4"

This pair of hand-made Chirimen Chestnut ornaments employs a silk fabric with crimps on the surface (often silk). The art of Chirimen transforms mere scraps of this textured crepe fabric into adorable, hand-sewn ornaments. The larger piece had a silk rust seed nut and yellow silk involucre scales cap with small bumps. The small piece in olive green silk with a brown crochet simulated involucre scaled cap.

Scraps of the beautiful and precious fabrics were used throughout history to make kimono inspired the first Chirimen crafts. Shibo – the distinctive bumpy texture of Chirimen - is standardly used and has been employed by craftsmen since the Edo period of 1603 and has been passed down from generation to generation. 

Condition: Excellent, as made, unused with no fading to the fabric.