Takara Crafts and Collectables is a Sheffield based business founded in February 2016 by a partnership of an artist and an antique dealer. The two of us had been working in the academia for a few years until we decided to build a business upon our hobbies. We want to offer our customer something that they will treasure, so we name it “Takara” – The Japanese word for treasure.
Being fascinated by Japanese art and culture since a teenager, Cora started practising a traditional Japanese textile art – Tsumami-zaiku. The art of Kanzashi originated in Japan in the Edo era. It uses small, folded pieces of fabric to create various objects. It is often used for making elaborate head pieces for Geishas and is deeply connected to nature and change of seasons. Cora is now a Tsumami-zaiku artist who creates a wide range of jewellery, headpieces, and artworks with cotton fabric. All these can be found in our shop page. If you need something vivid and exotic yet elegant and intricate, be it jewellery or decorative artwork, Cora will always have the right piece for you.
Chris started gaining insight and interest in antique as a kid by reading his father’s antique books and looking at his father’s small collection of quirky objects. This interest was not becoming obvious until Chris left academia and started working as a staff at The Sheffield Cat Shelter Charity Shop, since then Chris has gained knowledge in antiques and became the person to look at all the unusual objects in the shop. These knowledge has been the anchor for building up the trade to be part of our own business, Chris trades mostly small antiques. and has accumulated good amount of experience specifically in identifying Antique Silver & Metal works, Antique Glass, 20th century Studio Pottery and Vintage Jewellery. If you need some high quality antique to decorate your room and desk, please visit our antique Etsy shop.
Apart from the products in our shop, we also offer Tsumami-zaiku workshops within the Sheffield area. We can also arrange online workshops for you at your request. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com for more details.
Apart from selling on Etsy and on our own website, you can also find some of Cora’s work in All Good Stuff at Butcher Works, an independent gallery style gift shop in Sheffield. We often sell and showcase our work around the Sheffield area. Stay tune for updates and you will be able to meet the two and see their stock.
We consider reduce, reuse and up-cycle a serious matter in the 21st century, so we are always trying to stick to this principle in every aspect. We try to use as little packaging as possible in postage. If possible, we also use up-cycled fabric for our products.