Cohana Mizuhiki Needle Threaders

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Cohana Mizuhiki Needle Threaders

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Cohana Mizuhiki Needle Threaders are made using a technique called-  Mizuhiki – it is a decorative paper cord created by twisting washi paper and then hardening it with a glue coating.

In Japan Mizuhiki is essential when giving formal gifts, where a present is wrapped with the appropriate type of Mizuhiki. The gift-sender can express their sentiments by their choice of color, number of cords and tying method depending on the occasion. Mizuhiki not only indicates that a gift is unopened, it also has a meaning of prayer in Japanese culture. Though the knot is made from paper, it cannot be cut or untied easily, and so it symbolizes the strength of connection between people and their hearts.

The Iida Mizuhiki Needle Threader is decorated with a flower-shaped Mizuhiki called ume-musubi, or plum-flower knot. It is considered quite lucky because plum blossoms bloom before the start of spring, overcoming the winter, and the ume-musubi knot symbolizes good luck, tight bonds, and the repelling of evil. The result is a lovely-looking threader that adds a touch of glamour to your handicraft tools.

 

 

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Cohana Mizuhiki Needle Threaders are part of Cross & Woods collection of Cohana

Cohana brand is high quality handmade tools made by the selective use of regional products and the best craftsmanship. All items are made and sourced in Japan.

The brand name ‘Cohana’ is derived from the goddess Konohanasakuya-hime from Japanese mythology.
Konohanasakuya-hime is beautiful like the blooming of cherry tree blossoms, and worshipped as a goddess of Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan, and symbolises prosperity.

Cohana uses traditional Japanese colors that reflect the changing of the seasons ;

The bright yellow color of daffodils. It is called ‘daffodil yellow’ in English, and ‘jonquille’ in French. It is said that the daffodil got its Japanese name (‘suisen’, literally meaning water sage) because its appearance of purity is like that of a sage.

The color of roses. In Japan, happy thoughts about good events are expressed as ‘a rose-colored future.’

Blue color with a hint of green. This pale indigo dye has a green hue and is often called ‘mizuasagi’.

The color of Asiatic dayflowers. The water taken up by the flower is called ‘aobana’, which we have used to draw rough sketches for dyeing. In the old days, Japanese people used to call this ‘tsukikusa’, and used it to dye clothing.

A bright grey with a hint of blue. The English equivalent is ‘sky gray’. The name of the color comes from the kimonos that fashionable young people of Kiba, Edo Fukagawa, and geishas started to wear during the Edo period. A chic color of the unique Japanese aesthetic quality, ‘iki’.

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