Sewing needles made using the "Tombo-dama" technique, which expresses various patterns and colors.
These exquisite sewing pins feature a tombo-dama glass bead on the head. Tombo-dama beads are a Japanese traditional craft, produced in a variety of colors and unique designs by master craftsmen. Tombo-dama literally means "dragonfly's eye" because these beautiful glass beads resemble the mysterious eyes of dragonflies.
Cohana's Tombo-dama Sewing Pins are made with "millefiori," which means " thousands of flowers'' in Italian. It is a glass rod with a floral pattern inside.The pattern of a Millefiori rod is designed by combining colored glass bars. In the very beginning the rod is short and Thick, but it is heated in a furnace and pulled until a diameter of 3 to 8 mm while still maintaining the cross section's design.
Artisans utilize the manufacturing techniques of Tombo-dama, using millefiori made in-house, carefully welding each piece by hand. Millefiori rods are heated in the flame of a burner, carefully shaped and extruded, then attached to the pin. Pins measure approimately 5mm in diameter at the head and are produced lovingly by hand at Kinari Glassworks in Osaka. Each pin is entirely unique with its own distinct charm, like a flower.
Pins are supple yet durable, and manufactured in Hiroshima, a city with a 300-year history of high-quality needle production. Rigorous quality control ensures unified thickness and length of pins, and their ability to pierce cloth with ease.
Assorted 3-piece set
3 assorted sewing pins from various colors and patterns.
Colors and patterns cannot be assigned.
Tombo-dama glass beads｜Kinari Glass/Osaka
Kinari Glass was established in 1994 in Osaka City as a company manufacturing glass beads, materials and tools for glass craft.
In 2000, the company succeeded in developing an eco-friendly lead-free craft glass and obtained a patent for it.
Each producer brings out the best in glass and carefully produces each item with care and attention.
All measurements are for reference. Please note in advance that the actual dimensions of the product may slightly vary.
|Tombo-dama bead diameter
Glass, Nickel plating, Steel
- The needle tip is sharp, so please be careful not to lose or when handling.
- Please do not use for any purpose other than sewing.
- Wipe off sweat and grease after use to prevent discoloration and rusting.
- Since the glass tops are handmade, there are individual differences in size and patterns.
- The glass top of the sewing pin may come off if you pull too strong.
- Keep out of reach of infants.