For stringing cranes, we ask that tsuru be strung with each tsuru touching the tsuru below it, with no loose thread or spaces between them. This is important, as it helps prevent the chain from tangling. If you would like to nest them inside each other, you may do so, but make sure they are not nested too tightly (otherwise the chain of tsuru cannot bend). Please make the chain of tsuru no longer than 4 feet/ 1.2 meters.
It’s best to use no. 5 embroidery thread and a big tapestry needle. Use a bead or button at both ends of the crane strand to help keep it intact. Please avoid use of fishing line or regular sewing thread to string the cranes–these tangle very easily.
Please make a loop at the top of the strung tsuru and fasten a large safety pin to it (not paper clips). Thank you!
Adding a note with how many tsuru are on each strand helps us keep count, too! On average, about 40-50 tsuru per strand make about 4 feet in length.
Tsuru for Solidarity is a direct action, nonviolent project of allied organizations within the Japanese American community in collaboration with allied national organizations and networks. Initially created in March 2019, Tsuru for Solidarity was conceived as a way to give voice to the moral outrage of the Japanese American and Japanese Latin American community at the ongoing mass detentions in the United States and to show solidarity with front-line immigrant communities fighting injustice, mass incarceration and deportation.