Kumihimo - Traditional Japanese Braiding


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Kumihimo is the traditional Japanese technique of braiding strands of silk to create intricately colored cords. The cords, also called kumihimo, are strong but slender, and have a multitude of uses. Samurai once used kumihimo as laces for their armor. The traditional belt of the kimono, the obi, was once bound by a cord of kumihimo called an obijime. It is an art both culturally significant and beautiful.

In Japanese, the word kumihimo means to gather or combine cord or thread. As the ornately jewel-like ropes suggest, modern kumihimo can involve many strands. At first, the process was done entirely by hand without the help of any sort of tool. These earliest kumihimo are generally monochromatic or at least very limited in color. Later, weavers developed tools that could accomplish more complicated patterns, permitting makers to include more colors. The first kumihimo looms, called takadai and marudai, are rather large and unwieldy, and fairly stationary.

Kumihimo was first used for decorating Buddhist scrolls and other artifacts. In later times, they were used to bind together Samurai armours and Kimonos.

Kumihimo items are still popular in Japan. Although they are still used for the decorations of religious artificats and kimonos., now you can also find necklaces, bracelets and even as wall art. Kumihimo works became popular as tourist souvenirs since they present a traditional Japanese art technique in a fashionable and modern style.

Moreover, in recent years more people become drawn to Kumihimo wanting to create their own works. From friendship bracelets to necklaces, from bags to wall art, people just love the look and feel of Kumihimo works.

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