Hairstyles change through the ages, but although kanzashi, the traditional hair ornaments of Japan, have been worn in recent years mostly by brides and people who wear traditional costumes as part of their jobs.
Dress Up With Kanzashi
Hairstyles change through the ages, but although kanzashi, the traditional hair ornaments of Japan, have been worn in recent years mostly by brides and people who wear traditional costumes as part of their jobs, or who perform the tea ceremony, they are still beautiful things that can be adapted to everyday use and give an elegant and exotic boost to your businesswear or formal dress.
Adapted from single rods or sticks worn in the hair to ward off evil in prehistoric times, kanzashi have developed into beautiful pins, combs and decorations that are both beautiful and useful – sometimes surprisingly so!
It was not uncommon during the Edo period for kanzashi to be fashioned to double as weapons!
While most kanzashi are nowadays adapted to more peaceful hairstyles, you can still “make a killing” by dressing up your hair with one of the many different style kanzashi you can buy (in person or online) from Japan.
There are many different common forms of kanzashi, but fan-shapes, stick forms, and combs decorated in jewels or artificial flower tendrils are some of the most famous.
Artisans create so many various kinds, so it is a pleasure to choose between them and wear them for almost any occasion.
Thus, the next time you want to try something different with your hair, why not give kanzashi a try? You will surely receive many compliments, and help to bring a wonderful, elegant tradition with ancient root back into the modern day world!