Japanese hair decoration

Made in Japan, Asia, 1930-1940.

This collection of kimono and kimono accessories including an obi, obi scarf, geta (Japanese sandals), tabi (split toe socks), obi purses and hair decorations are an important addition to the Museum’s holdings of Asian costume. Clothing is one of the richest expressions of material culture helping to define cultural identity.

The kimono is one of the most recognisable of national costumes. The stylised and colourful kimono expresses the aesthetic sensibilities, culture and customs of the people...


Hair decoration (kanzashi), childs, silk satin / metal / plastic / paper, maker unknown, Japan, 1930-1940

Hand sewn hair decoration in a rosette shape in red silk satin with centre decoration featuring a small metal bell, bead and decorative knot in gold thread, petals in cream edged in bright pink or red and quilling decoration in cream with centres in red, green and pink The reverse of the hair decoration has a narrow metal hair pin attached to a cardboard circle.


The maker of the hair decoration is unknown. It was made in Japan between 1930 and 1940.


Gift of Mrs Judith Mason, 2007
18 June, 2007

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Japanese hair decoration 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <https://ma.as/366044>
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