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Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Hair accessories, known as kanzashi have become real works of art. Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Hair accessories, known as kanzashi have become real works of art. Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Everything in Japan has a deep meaning, even women’s jewelry. As the seasons change, human life flows, so do amazing kanzashi decorations. And each of them is not only a work of art, but also a part of female beauty, and a moment of her life.
Traditionally, Japanese women’s costume did not allow jewelry on their hands or necklaces around their necks. Accordingly, the main decoration for more than 400 years has become the hairstyle! In fact, hair ornaments – the main way of self-expression and demonstration of wealth and status. Real works of art, hair ornaments “kanzashi” with their variety in purpose and performance is worth a separate dictionary with descriptions. In particular, to figure out which piece of jewelry is for which lady, when and where you can wear it.
A very special kind of jewelry that changes throughout the year is seasonal hana-kanzashi jewelry with garlands of flowers. Noteworthy, each of the 28 seasons of the Japanese calendar has its own flower! Of course, only the master of high-class can make such decorations using special varieties of silk.

Hair ornaments became the main way of self-expression and demonstration of wealth and status. Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

In fact, hair ornaments became the main way of self-expression and demonstration of wealth and status. Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

The main motive in January is shotikubay (pine, bamboo, plum).

In the beginning of February – a plum blossom, a tulip and butterflies, and in the end – daffodils.

Symbols in March – daffodils, peach and peony flowers, yellow and white rape, butterflies.

April is the month of flowering of sakura and hanami (feast of admiring the flowers of cherry). In addition to kanzashi cherry flowers, women decorate their hair with a silver or gold butterfly and a tiny flashlight-bomb, the symbol of a soon summer.

In May – wisteria and irises, as well as a small silver butterfly.

June in Japan is a rainy month and weeping willow (a symbol of a geisha), carnation and hydrangea suit it.

In July, the fashion for kanzashi changes every year, only dragonflies and tsuyu-siba (raindrops on the grass) are constant in the hairstyle.

The motives of August are asagao (ipomoea) and susuki. Young maiko wear pink kanzashi susuki, and older ones wear white.

Flowers in September – kikyo (Japanese bell of dark pink color), clover, chrysanthemums, carnations.

October is the month of kiku (chrysanthemums). Chrysanthemums – a symbol of the imperial house. For kanzashi fit red and white chrysanthemums.

Autumn leaf fall – November motive. Most often it happens to be maple leaves, since in November the “celebration of maple leaves” – kambukai takes place.

December – soon New Year! Geisha and maiko decorate hair with pine needles, white motibana (small mochi balls folded in the form of flowers), bamboo leaves and … two small pieces of paper maneki.

'Kyo Bizin no Dzu' (Beauties of Kyoto), artist Uemura Shoen, circa 1932-1935. A woman's hair decorations speaks eloquently about the change of seasons

‘Kyo Bizin no Dzu’ (Beauties of Kyoto), artist Uemura Shoen, circa 1932-1935. A woman’s hair decorations speaks eloquently about the change of seasons

In the New Year, maiko and geisha wear special decorations – kanzashi with rice spikelets and a pigeon without eyes. At the same time, maiko have the ornament on the right and the geisha on the left. They paint only one eye of a pigeon, making a secret wish, and the second eye should be painted over by the guest whose wish came true last year.

A symbol of the imperial house - Chrysanthemums, white or red

A symbol of the imperial house – Chrysanthemums, white or red

Japanase women seasonal hair decorations

Aesthetic preferences of Japanese women evolved over the centuries

Aesthetic preferences of Japanese women evolved over the centuries

April is the month of flowering of sakura and hanami (celebration of cherry blossom flowers)

April is the month of flowering of sakura and hanami (celebration of cherry blossom flowers)

Beautiful pink flowers made of silk

Beautiful pink flowers made of silk

Chrysanthemums - a symbol of the imperial house. Red and white chrysanthemums are suitable for kanzashi. Art by Sakae

Chrysanthemums – a symbol of the imperial house. Red and white chrysanthemums are suitable for kanzashi. Art by Sakae

Even members of the national synchronized swimming team dress their hair with traditional hairpins

Even members of the national synchronized swimming team dress their hair with traditional hairpins

Georgeous hair decorations of Japanese women

Georgeous hair decorations of Japanese women

In fact, comb has always served both practical and decorative purposes

In fact, comb has always served both practical and decorative purposes

In May - wisteria and irises, as well as a small silver butterfly

In May – wisteria and irises, as well as a small silver butterfly

Red accent flower decorations for hair

Red accent flower decorations for hair

Pink silk flower hair pin

Pink silk flower hair pin

Kanzasi flowers subtly convey the charm of nature

Kanzasi flowers subtly convey the charm of nature

June in Japan is a rainy month and weeping willow (a symbol of geisha), cloves and hydrangea suits

Weeping willow (a symbol of geisha), cloves and hydrangea suits in June

Unique style of hair decorations of Japanese women

Unique style of hair decorations of Japanese women

Traditional hair decorations of Japanese women

Traditional hair decorations of Japanese women

Stunning work by Japanese artist Sakae

Stunning work by Japanese jeweler Sakae

Sakae's hair decoration

Sakae’s hair decoration

White and red flower hair pins

White and red flower hair pins

sources:
magazine Japonica #23,24 2018
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