Kurumi botan - clothe-lined buttons

Sunday, September 29, 2019
15:00 ÷ 18:30
Galleria Nobili
Via Marsala, 4
20121 Milano (MI)

Kurumi botan lab
Creation of clothe-lined buttons
held by Asako Hishiki and Kanako Takahashi

What is kurumi botan

Kurumi Botan くるみ ボタン, literally 'covered button', is in Japan a retro craft object used extensively in the fifties by Japanese women for home manufacture of family clothing. If you need buttons, the haberdashery of the time could create, with the chosen fabrics, kurumi botan with different types of decoration.
Kurumi comes from the verb Kurumu 包む, which means 'to wrap'. Its pronunciation is reminiscent of the sound of the Japanese word for walnut, which reminds us of its shape and its small size.

Kurumi botan: clothe-lined buttons

The laboratory

This workshop has as its purpose the design and production of buttons of different sizes to be used to create with us earrings, bracelets, brooches, elastic and decorative function on bags or t-shirts.
Participants will be able to compete with the main Japanese patterns making them on fabric with stamps and brushes. In fact, Asako and Kanako will introduce us to the world of traditional motifs such as Asanoha 麻の葉, Kikkō 亀甲, Shippō 七宝, Hishi-mon 菱文 and many others known historically to be used on kimono and made with traditional techniques such as Edo Komon 江戸小紋 and the Katazome 型染め.
Every motif, from the simplest to the most complex, has its own history and its development. We will use some fine fabrics made with the shibori technique traditionally created at Arimatsu, in the Nagoya area.


  • kurumi botan kit
  • acrylic colors
  • small box
  • transparent acrylic paint
  • raw fabric
  • printed fabric
  • patterns


  • small brushes
  • pliers
  • stamps
  • smaill iron

Asako Hishiki biography

To learn more about personal and collective exhibitions, please see Asako Hishiki bio

Kurumi botan: clothe-lined buttons


  • Maximum 12 students
  • Cost € 75, per person
  • Bring a friend! You will both receive a 15% discount on entrance fee
  • Suitable for all levels, no experience required
  • All materials supplied by the artist
  • The materials produced remain the property of the student
  • For subscriptions please write to info@paraventigiapponesi.it

Cancellation and non-attendance

If the cancellation occurs:
  • 10 or more days before the course: we will refund 85% of the amount
  • 7,8,9 days before: 50% refund
  • less than 7 days or non-attendance: no refund

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