Have you heard of Chiri-men? It’s a unique weaving technique from Japan, and the resulting fabric has a crepe-like, textured quality. 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.
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.