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September 03, 2020

New studio location!

Hello!

Hello! MIMIDALE DESIGNS studio is now located on beautiful Vancouver island. Vancouver island is in the Pacific northwest, and in the Canadian province of British Columbia. This move was truly special, and we feel pretty lucky to be surrounded by this beautiful West Coast nature. Here is an inspirational quote that pretty much sums up why we moved... 

“If your world doesn’t allow you to dream, move to one where you can.” 

-Billy Idol

Have a great day everyone :)

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Mizuhiki (水引)
January 27, 2020

Mizuhiki (水引)

Mizuhiki is a type of an ancient Japanese art which uses special cords for decorative knots for gift /envelop wrapping. The tradition is said to have originated in the early 7th century when Ono no Imoko, who was an official envoy to China, returned from a mission bringing gifts wrapped with hemp strings dyed red and white.Thereafter, tying gifts with red and white cord became a fad, spreading mostly among court nobles. Mizuhiki is made from long thin strips of washi paper( Japanese paper) tightly twisted into thin "koyori" strings. It was not until after World War Ⅱ that the general public began to incorporate mizuhiki cords. Currently there are several forms of mizuhiki and they all have different meanings and are used in different occasions. Some mizuhiki knots are hard to untangle, which therefore are widely used in occasions such as weddings as the newly married couples are expected to have a long lasting life together. Other mizuhiki knots are easy to untangle which are used for occasions such as baby gift wrapping as people are happy to hear the new arrival of a baby and they want the couple to have more babies in the future. 
Rather than expressing one's feelings directly through words, the Japanese discreetly wrap mizuhiki cords around their gifts for the recipient to sense their intentions. 

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Asa (麻)
January 19, 2020

Asa (麻)

Asa (麻) is translated to hemp, and it is native to Japan. Because of its durability and fast growing nature, Asa was one of the main crops in Japan until about 1945. In Japanese culture this Asa pattern was thought to spell out negative energy and thus used as a talisman. It is easy to believe why many Kimono worn by children had this Asa pattern; because there was limited food supply and scarce medical knowledge many children did not survive their infant years. The Japanese hoped for healthy growth for their children by printing the Asa pattern on their Kimono. Today the Asa pattern and fabric is still widely used for Japanese art and summer clothing. 

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Happy New Year 2020 and Welcome to MIMIDALE DESIGNS official site!
January 01, 2020

Happy New Year 2020 and Welcome to MIMIDALE DESIGNS official site!

A new year is a new start. Today we are celebrating our new website launch! Through our website we would like to share our world and vision. Our Jewelry is inspired by Japanese arts and culture, and we aim to create jewelry with symbolic meanings. Stay tuned for updates on our website, and follow us on Instatgram and Facebook.  

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