Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Iris Flower Stick Pins Ayame Kanzashi Inspired

If I go by the seasonal tsumami kanzashi, iris flower or ayame in Japanese should be the flower of May. And now it's August. But I don't follow this principle, so why not enjoying iris flower or any other kanzashi flowers even though they're not in season, right :)

I've been very much into making a variety of petals out of two basic petals: round and pointed by making several folds. The three large petals of this rendition of iris are made of pointed petals. Instead of creating just one fold, I made 3 extra folds. For the other small petals, I just used regular pointed and round petals.

I've made three different irises. One is blue, another is pink and the other is gold tone. These iris flower stick pins can be worn by ladies as scarf pins or hat pins and they can be worn by men as wedding boutonnieres or lapel pins.

Blue Iris Stick Pin Ayame Kanzashi Inspired.

Pink Iris Stick Pin Ayame Kanzashi Inspired.

Gold Toned Stick Pin Ayame Kanzashi Inspired. 


To purchase these stick pins, simply visit my Etsy shop. I also accept custom orders.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Hydrangea Kanzashi Flower Inspired Scarf Pin Boutonnieres

One of the most loved flowers in summer should be the hydrangeas. A group of tiny flowers makes an adorable half globe shape with a variety of colors such as white - green, pinks, violets, blues.

These floral shrubs have their own unique beauty that has inspired the kanzashi and tsumami zaiku artists and crafters including me. I have included hydrangea inspired tsumami zaiku for a while, and this year I have made three hydrangea inspired stick pins that can be worn as scarf pin for women and a boutonniere for men. They come in three colors: pink, blue and purple. Mounted on metal stick pins with clutches.

I made these with habutai silk, rice glue paste, white craft glue and swarovski crystals beads and mounted them on stick pins with E6000 glue for strength.

Pink Hydrangea Flower Stick Pin/ Kanzashi Inspired Flower.

Blue Hydrangea Flower Stick Pin/ Kanzashi Inspired Flower.

Purple Hydrangea Flower Stick Pin/ Kanzashi Inspired Flower.

These stick pins will make a beautiful scarf pin for ladies and wedding boutonniere for men. Click the links above or click HandcraftKu to shop at my Etsy shop.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Vintage Kimono Jacket in Pink Shades

Happy New Year!

I hope it's not too late to say it.

It's been a while since my last post where I wrote about some vintage haori or kimono jackets that had just arrived. However, I hadn't really written about each kimono. Well, I am starting today with some of them, the pink ones!

Pink kimono are so lovely. I fell in love with them when I was doing vintage kimono hunting and immediately my eyes were drawn to these pink kimonos. They come in different shades such as rose pink, ombre pink, coral pink, thulian pink and soft terracotta. Three of them are made of silk: terracotta shibori silk haori with tatebiki kanoko (linked dots) motif; soft coral pink rinzu silk kimono jacket with kasumi (mist) and tsuyushiba (dew drops on the grass); and thulian pink with Japanese scenic motif. The other two are made of synthetic fabric or polyester: coral pink haori with tatebiki kanoko shibori motif (but this one is not shibori itself) and momiji motif and ombre pink rose kimono jacket with momiji komon motif.

Vintage Terracotta Shibori Silk Kimono Jacket with Tatebiki Kanoko Motif

Vintage Terracotta Shibori Silk Kimono Jacket with Tatebiki Kanoko Motif

Vintage Silk Haori in Coral Pink Haori With Kasumi Tsuyushiba Floral Motif

Vintage Silk Haori in Coral Pink Haori With Kasumi Tsuyushiba Floral Motif

Vintage Silk Kimono Jacket Haori in Thulian Pink

Vintage Silk Kimono Jacket Haori in Thulian Pink

Ombre Coral Vintage Haori With Tatebiki Kanoko and Momiji Leaf Motif

Ombre Coral Vintage Haori With Tatebiki Kanoko and Momiji Leaf Motif

Ombre Rose Vintage Haori With Momiji Leaf Komon Motif

Ombre Rose Vintage Haori With Momiji Leaf Komon Motif

These vintage kimono jackets or haori can be purchased on my vintage & supplies shop on etsy Jagatara Art Vintage & Supplies.


Saturday, 12 November 2016

New Batch Of Vintage Kimono Jackets On My Etsy Shop

A few days ago, a new batch of kimono jackets arrived. Here they are!

I had picked out some of the best ones during my vintage kimono hunting. Six out of seven are made of silk, while one is probably not. The owner couldn't determine whether it's silk or not. But it must be of excellent quality since the expert of kimono couldn't even tell if it's silk or not. I can't wait to list them on Etsy.

Would like to see how these kimono jackets look like? Check out my vintage & supplies shop Jagatara Art Vintage & Supplies on Etsy.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Colorful Floral Indonesian Batik Fabric Cotton

I perhaps write very little or even I haven't written much about batik for ages. And maybe I haven't mentioned that I had opened a new Etsy shop when I sell Indonesian batiks and Japanese vintage kimonos. I love traditional textiles.

Well, as per December 2015 (if my memory is correct) I opened a new shop on Etsy. I decided to sell batiks and vintage kimonos, two of my favorite textiles and garments.

I obtain the batiks from various batik centers in Java. These two batiks are from a batik center in the north coast of Java called Lasem. Batiks from Lasem have been known for their intricate designs. It may look crowded and yet the crowdedness make the batiks of Lasem look even more beautiful. These batiks, for example, have beautiful color combinations.

These batiks are all hand drawn, which means the batik artists draw the designs directly onto the cloth, and hand dyed.

First one is floral blue green batik fabric cotton. The background color is dark green with white floral design while the highlight flower design is in blue and yellow.

Floral Blue Green Indonesian Batik Fabric Cotton

Floral Blue Green Indonesian Batik Fabric Cotton

Floral Blue Green Indonesian Batik Fabric Cotton

The second one is just as beautiful as the first one. This one has brown white floral design and the main design are in green and purple.

Floral Green Purple Indonesian Batik Fabric Cotton

Floral Green Purple Indonesian Batik Fabric Cotton

Floral Green Purple Indonesian Batik Fabric Cotton

These beautiful pieces can be found and purchased here, Etsy Shop.


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Country Chic Crochet Flower French Barrette Hair Clips

The last weeks of September were so nice. The weather was starting to get cooler and much much less humid. I was enjoying the beginning of autumn so much! But I knew that I couldn't stay relaxed enjoying the comfortable weather for too long because soon winter would come. So I'd have to make use of this opportunity to make as many items as possible before the holiday season came.

I completed this batch of crocheted flower French barrettes at the beginning of this month. All are in country chic, shabby chic colors such as soft pink, tea rose, soft purple, blue, coral, turquoise, mauve, magenta. These French barrettes are all listed already on my Etsy shop.

All of them are hand-crocheted and hand-dyed, mounted on silver toned metal French barrettes. It took me about 2 weeks to complete them, from designing, crocheting, hand-dyeing and finally assembled all the flowers into 6 French barrettes.

Country Chic Crochet Flower French Barrettes

Roses and cabbage roses in tea rose, mauve and magenta.
Pink Rose Mauve Magenta Cabbage Rose French Barrette

Turquoise cabbage roses and magnolias.
Turquoise Cabbage Rose and White Magnolia French Barrette
Soft purple roses.
Purple Rose French Barrette
Various flowers including pansies in coral and tea rose.
Shabby Chic Coral and Tea Rose French Barrette

This one is the same style as the above but in different colors - blue, soft purple and tea rose.
Shabby Chic Blue Purple Pink French Barrette

And finally a rose French barrette in coral and tea rose color.

Shabby Chic Coral and Tea Rose French Barrette

Which one is your favorite? :)


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Indonesian Potato Croquettes

One of the Indonesian dishes that I miss the most is potato croquettes.

I have tried Japanese croquettes or コロッケ that I bought from supermarket. It's not bad. But I find Japanese croquettes too plain despite the minced meat in them. Perhaps they don't add enough spices (according to my opinion). I think that having grown up in the spice islands, I can't live without spices.
Spices on potatoes are yummmm!! You don't even need meat to make croquettes delicious. Just spices. My mum used to add corned beef. But I prefer just potato as the main ingredient.

So what are the spices? Garlic, pepper and nutmeg. Yes, only these spices can make meatless croquettes so delicious!

I tried to make Indonesian potato croquettes when I just arrived in Japan and was so homesick of Indonesian food. But I failed. The reason was that I didn't realize how different potatoes in Indonesia and those in Japan are. In Indonesia potatoes are more starchy and contain less water. So when you shape the mashed potato into a ball or patty shape, it holds its shape perfectly when you are frying it. No need to coat it with bread crumbs, just dip it in beaten egg and fry. The croquette will not crumble while being fried. While potatoes in Japan contains more water. The good thing is that Japanese potatoes don't take longer time to cook. But since it contains more water, it's hard to keep the croquette shape while being fried. So when I tried to make croquettes a la Indonesia, all the croquettes fell apart.

Just a week ago, I attempted to make potato croquettes again after over 6 years since my first attempt. And I did it! Yaaay!

So I'd like to share a simple recipe of Indonesian potato croquettes. But I can't determine the exact amount of each ingredient. I always go with what I think is enough. For example, I love garlic so I like to add lots of garlic and pepper. So feel free to improvise.

For the main ingredient, you need some potatoes. Here I use 5 - 6 medium size potatoes. I simply wash them clean and steam them with the skin on. This is different from the way we do in Indonesia where we peel the potatoes, cut them roughly into four and fry them. This doesn't work with potatoes in Japan because frying makes the potatoes more watery. Also potatoes must be steamed with the skin on, so don't peel before steaming them. It takes 15 - 20 minutes perhaps to steam the potatoes. When they're cooked, cool them and peel the skin with hand. No need knife. The skin comes off by itself. Then cut the potatoes before mashing them. Add some flour in the mashed potato if you think the texture is still too watery.

After that, prepare the other ingredients such as minced garlic, some pepper, some salt, some nutmeg, an egg and some fried onion (this one is optional. I just love to add it as that's how my mum did when she taught me how to make potato croquettes). The amount? hmm well if you don't like garlic, maybe just 1 - 2 cloves. I like garlic so I use 3 so that my croquettes taste garlicky :) As for salt, pepper and nutmeg. You can add them little by little. As you are mixing them with the mashed potato, taste a little to know whether it is to your liking.

When you've got the taste that you like, shape the mashed potato into ball or patty shape. Prepare a beaten egg in a small dish.

Heat some oil in the frying pan. Dip the croquettes in the beaten egg to coat before frying them. Fry them until golden brown. Take them out and set them on oil paper towel. And your potato croquettes are ready.

Hope you like this version of potato croquettes!