Yumi Chen Blooms with Japanese Kimono Cloth Jewelry

Jewelry Designer Yumi Chen brings her traditional Japanese heritage into the spotlight with contemporary kimono cloth jewelry. She introduces a new twist on the ancient art of "chirimen" -- crafts made with hand-woven Japanese cloth.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWeb) February 27, 2007 -- Jewelry Designer Yumi Chen brings her traditional Japanese heritage into the spotlight with contemporary kimono cloth jewelry. She introduces a new twist on the ancient art of "chirimen" -- crafts made with hand-woven Japanese cloth.

It's extremely labor-intensive, but I enjoy the creative work.
Yumi's inspiration came during a recent trip to Kyoto, Japan, where she discovered the ancient art of chirimen crafts. "I instantly fell in love with chirimen and began searching for books and supplies about the subject," Yumi said. She found beautiful kimono cloth patterns with imperial cherry blossom florals, mythical animals, and vintage Japanese motifs.

Although chirimen are fun and beautiful, crafting them is not easy: At the center of each bead is a lightweight core, around which Yumi delicately wraps a swath of Japanese kimono cloth. She meticulously trims excess fabric and carefully aligns all edges, to give every bead a uniform appearance. For Yumi, the process is a passion: "It's extremely labor-intensive, but I enjoy the creative work."
Yumi combines her Japanese kimono cloth beads with colorful SwarovskiŽ crystals, SwarovskiŽ pearls, and 14kt gold-filled and sterling silver findings. Her designs are colorful, classic, and elegant. Additionally, Yumi's signature jewelry collection features imported Venetian glass and SwarovskiŽ crystals. A full jewelry catalog including cell phone fobs and eyeglass chains are available at http://www.yumichen.com.

About Yumi Chen:
Yumi Chen is a former violinist and pastry chef trained at the illustrious Ritz Escoffier in Paris, France. A work-related accident serendipitously led her to jewelry design in 2003. She also holds a BA in Mathematics and Asian Studies from Boston College.

 

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