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Three Friends Of Winter Kanzashi by SincerelyLove Three Friends Of Winter Kanzashi by SincerelyLove
Known as shochikubai, the Three Friends of Wither (the pine tree sho, the bamboo chiku, and the plum blossom bai) are powerful symbols of perseverance, integrity, and resistance to hardship in Asian culture, thriving even in the winter months when other plants wither and die. In Japan in particular, they are highly associated with the start of the New Year, and during this time maiko frequently wear shochikubai kanzashi. This piece features all three Friends of Winter alongside a large white crane, decorated with shining mizuhiki cord accents. Mounted on an alligator clip for easy wear, the piece measures approximately 6" x 5.75".

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Jazzekat Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Magnificent! :D
Great pick in color combination.
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! :D
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sptanwar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful art facinate everyone.yours is most beautiful indeed.
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Fantastic-Lion00 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh,wow! :0
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
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Fantastic-Lion00 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just amazing!
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! ^^
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Fantastic-Lion00 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
NP!
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning piece!
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SianaLee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Photographer
nice
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artemecia Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Beautiful !
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bgerr Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Brilliant! Love the colours.
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :D
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TheMangaNinja Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing! How long does it take to make a piece like this?
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D I don't remember exactly, as I worked on it on and off over the course of a few days. But suffice it to say that many hours were involved!
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TheMangaNinja Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student General Artist
It really does look amazing! Brilliant work!
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Rufina-Tomoyo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Magnificent adn full of meaning.
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is so lovely, and I recognized immediately the three friends.
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay! That's wonderful! :D Always lovely to see that more people are starting to recognize these things! :heart:
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm a big fan of Japanese textile design, and I've been collecting kimono and haori for about 18 years—thanks to two friends who got me started ;). So over time I have learned a bit about some of the designs you see on the textiles.
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! That must be quite the collection by now then! :love: And I personally think shochikubai designs look lovely everywhere, whether on kanzashi, kimono, or even cups and plates. :heart:
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I have quite a collection. I mostly buy haori because I can wear them over "Western" clothing. I've taken a couple of "how to wear a kimono" workshops, and I have my doubts whether I'll actually ever where a full kimono set (right now I don't have the proper underclothing).

My collection has been growing over the years, in various ways. I made a huge jump in my collection about 11 years ago, when a lady I knew who was both a jewelry maker and a kimono collector passed away. Her family decided to have an estate sale of her kimono collection (keeping a few high-end pieces for themselves). They sent out invites to the sale to everyone on her mailing list as well as family and friends. Since I had talked to her about her collection, I had some idea of what it was going to be like. She'd been collecting for 40 years! Of course I went, and spent about $2000 but got some unbelievable pieces, including a couple of gorgeous shibori haori with minor flaws that at a show would have been at least in the $150 to $200 range, and I got for $25 each!

Then back in 2008 I had the opportunity to go to Japan. My husband, bless his heart, agreed that we had enough money for me to do this, and he knew I'd been wanting to go for a long time. It was a wonderful trip, with a very small group of people, and one couple were our guides. He's originally from Texas, she's from Japan and is an artist—ceramics—with a business she maintains in Japan. They go over every year for a couple of months, and so a small group of people got to go too. Because they have connections, we got to do a few things a regular tourist group would not get to do (like visiting a wonderful textile factory that is a blend of traditional and very modern—on the modern side they work with special plastics and similar materials and have made the panels inside the cars on the bullet train. On the traditional side, they still use huge looms and have artisans who do traditional hand embroidery. To my delight we not only got to visit that part, but we were able to get up close and taken pictures.)

Thanks to the two friends who got me into collecting kimono and haori, I also knew about the Kyoto temple flea markets. We spent the first 5 days of the visit in Kyoto, and on the last day I had the chance to go to a temple flea market. Midori, the artist half of our guides, and I grabbed a taxi and went off to a temple that morning. It was wonderful having her with me, because of course she's a native speaker and I only know a very few phrases. I was in kimono heaven! I adore shibori work, and I bought several beautiful shibori haori at about $20 a piece! My husband had "warned" me not come back with suitcase full, but of course that's exactly what I did. :D

I have a three-section kimono tansu and a half-tansu, and they are both full. We also have several pieces from my collection up on our walls. So yes, I do have quite a collection.
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midnightgates Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work! (: I especially like the crane!
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angelcatheart Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's really beautiful!
i love how you made this, it looks very special!
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MikaDiva Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic!
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :heart:
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MikaDiva Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Your welcome :D
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HeartANGELfied Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:doublefavs: XD
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :meow:
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HeartANGELfied Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yw 8D :hug:
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133eevee133 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Artist
oh wow this is awesome!!
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Nehemet Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very elegant: :)
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zoro-swordsman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
That is so gorgeous~ :wow:
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :love:
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zoro-swordsman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
You're welcome~ :D
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Wonderer1000 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
wonderful craft!!! :-)
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Dawn-and-Dusk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful... I think you've used the concept of the Three Friends of Winter wonderfully, and they go very well with the crane.
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Lace-Sylph Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Absolutely Lovely!
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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watermelon-riceball Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this an awful lot :la:
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :happybounce: I'm glad you like it! :heart:
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watermelon-riceball Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome :squee:
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Shelby-JoJewelry Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm super in love with this set.

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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :D I really appreciate the feature, and glad to hear you like it! :heart:
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Shelby-JoJewelry Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! :)
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lovely piece :)
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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rannedrop Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   Photographer
This is great! You must have worked hard! But, don't you think your price is too cheap?
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very good work! Great details!
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SincerelyLove Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :iconbowplz:
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