Chirimen Handstitched Wishes.

Have you heard of Chiri-men? It’s a unique weaving technique from Japan, and the resulting fabric has a crepe-like, textured quality. Β It’s widely used in Japanese textile arts and crafts, from hair pins to hanging decorations to mirror compacts and keyrings. Traditionally, these fabric items were made from scraps or offcuts of clothing or kimono, into practical items for children or the home. It requires hand sewing, patience, a thrifty attitude and lots of imagination.

Hanging decorations with various chirimen small dolls are made to infuse love and wishes into one’s home. They can range from a single strand of dolls to a large mobile of multiple strands tied to a hoop. I had the grand intention of making a large one, but it took me equivalent of 3 full days (spread over a week) to finish ONE strand. It makes me admire the craft even more.

The design and materials are from Panami. My friend bought the kit for me in Japan.
The design and materials are from Panami. My friend bought the kit for me in Japan.

 

Tracing and cutting out all the pieces took a half day already. There are 7 dolls in total.
Tracing and cutting out all the pieces took a half day already. There are 7 dolls in total.

 

Doll #1: Turnip
Doll #1: Turnip.

 

Doll #2 - Birdie.
Doll #2 – Birdie.

 

Doll #3: Patchwork triangle with bells.
Doll #3: Patchwork triangle with bells.

 

Doll #4 - Owl.
Doll #4 – Owl.

 

Doll #5: Temari (hand-ball)
Doll #5: Temari (hand-ball).

 

Doll #6: Baby.
Doll #6: Baby.

 

Doll #7: Flower.
Doll #7: Flower.

 

These seven small dolls were very fiddly to make. Chirimen frays easily too.
These seven small dolls were very fiddly to make. Chirimen frays easily too.

 

Stitched onto red braided cord.
Stitched onto red braided cord.

 

Jap hanging (12)

 

Jap hanging (13)

 

Jap hanging (14)

 

Home sweet home.
Home sweet home.

 

Jap hanging (16)

I have a few Japanese books on Chirimen Crafts…this is only tip of the iceberg. Wish I have time to make more in the future.

 

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12 thoughts on “Chirimen Handstitched Wishes.

    • Thank you Jana. I agree, in Australia as well! I actually thought about importing and selling Japanese craft kits haha, but I’ll just end up keeping them all. The kits are available online but seems to be via Japanese websites only which I cannot navigate through.

    • Thanks Beth! Yes they each mean something, I believe the turnip means nourishment. Others most likely mean: owl for wisdom, handball is a traditional japanese toy, baby for family ties and nuture, birdie for…?freedom/nature/beauty, flower for blooming and achievement, and the triangle could be a traditional where spares are wrapped up and saved, meaning having enough in life to spare. I think it’s along the lines of that :)

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