Millinery supply in Japan

I have a feeling we like to think the grass is always greener on the other side . It only looks like it and it depends what one sees as " greener". 

i walked the streets of Kyoto and Tokyo to find anything to do with hats .  

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I flound this place in Tokyo and it has a number of basic things you might want if you make hats . They seam to cater to people also who have no hat blocks and they rent them out for $50 over night .  

 

The blocks seam hard wood and are quit basic

The blocks seam hard wood and are quit basic

Feathers seam quit expensive to me. I saw an ostrich now for a lot of money .I think it was around $60 for one plume. Well maybe Torb and Reiner is too cheap!

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There are wonderful flower making tools of course . The land of little things and beautiful flowers need them . There are 2 types . Brass made in Japan and stainless steel made in China . The brass are better of course . 

Staring price around $5 a piece going up to about $20

Staring price around $5 a piece going up to about $20

What was a bit exiting to me was that they have esparterie lacker . What depressed me is that you can not fly with it. 

what does one use it for you may ask ? Well you paint the esparterie blocks once they are made to harden them and you do this in 2-3 layers and in the end iron it .  

Flammable and can not be posted  

Flammable and can not be posted  

There are many straws and felt to be had and the colours are quit conservative . Nothing jumped out at me . They sell Leno which is great to see that there is skills used in other countries which are  Almost a forgotten skill and material . 

 

Leno in black and white . Torb and Rwiner carries it too  

Leno in black and white . Torb and Rwiner carries it too  

The flower making tools for a large flowers are stunning . You can order them . Made in Japan off course for a sweet $950 . Xmas present maybe  

Brass flower and aluminium base. Very heavy  

Brass flower and aluminium base. Very heavy  

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The felts are imported and most of them are velour felts. Must say I saw a lot of wool too. Not sure who buys the hats as I do not see them being worn in the street  

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Now this device is super cool and I bought one for the shop . Measures the head perfectly and gives you a feeling of a hat on your head. 

Torb and Reiner might have to import them  

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You can buy of course ready plastic peaks as a pattern . You can make them yourself in all sorts of seizes and not expensive . $10 or so but you could cut your pattern out of an ice cream lid 😜 

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The quality of straws varies greatly . Also here one day the old stock will go down as no one weaves fine quality anymore . Many people I have been told also do not care about fine straws as they are to expensive and they don't really see the need for it . I met a beautiful milliner from Oska who was a wealth of knowledge and insight into a culture for me .  You can buy straws for around $90 and some cheaper 

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My first visit to Japan was amazing . I feel Nothing  but warmth for the people and places and not once did I feel crowed in . I was in tears many times for the generosity I was shown and feel humbled for being aloud to share my skills.

This without a doubt feels like a beginning of a long love relationship . 

 ありがとうございました

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