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Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands.[1] Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads".


Kumihimo cord was first created by a form of finger-loop braiding. Later tools such as the marudai and the takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. The most prominent historical use of the cords was by samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their lamellar armour and their horses' armor (barding). Kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and obijimes, which are used for tying on an obi (kimono sash).

A modern kumihimo disk made of firm but flexible foam plastic with notches can also be used as a portable marudai. The disks have 32 notches that create the tension that is usually created by tama on a marudai. The disks are convenient but are not as versatile as the marudai. On a marudai, any thickness or amount of string can be used, but on a disk only 32 or fewer strand braids can be made from thin cord. Also, marudai can make many types of braids, such as flat, four sided, and hollow. There are also rectangular foam cards, especially suitable for making flat braids.

The foam kumihimo disk is lightweight, portable, and significantly more affordable than the traditional marudai. Braiders can create complex braids up to 24 bobbins and incorporate beads. There are many sizes and shapes of foam disks available. Look for a disk that is sturdy and doesn't bend easily, otherwise the braider will experience uneven tension.

Related terms[edit]

  • Kagami – the top braiding surface on a marudai; Japanese for "mirror."
  • Kongō Gumi – a class of patterns for round cord all involving eight threads folded in half for a total of sixteen strands. In clockwise order, each bobbin is moved to the opposite side. When different combinations of thread color are used, many interesting patterns emerge, including diagonal stripes, diamonds on a background, triangles resembling hearts, and tiny six-petalled flowers.
  • Marudai or maru dai – the frame for the braiding; "maru dai" Japanese for "round stand."
  • Obi – the broad cloth sash used in traditional dress; a kumihimo belt, called the obijime, is tied around the obi.
  • Obijime – the cord used to bind the obi securely.
  • Takadai – a rectangular or square frame for creating flat kumihimo, as opposed to the round kumihimo made by the marudai.
  • Tama – bobbins. The thread is kept from unwinding by passing the thread under itself, forming a loop around the tama. True silk is a hollow fiber with a rough surface that resists slipping past the loop unless gently pulled. For synthetic fibers, a flexible plastic "clamshell" bobbin may be preferable.

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Chicago Tribune
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:26:15 -0700

Ready to learn something new? Looking for a project you can take on the road this summer? Here's a suggestion from Bead In Hand. Kumihimo is a Japanese style of braiding that can be done with or without beads. The technique is easier than it looks, and ...
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Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0700

Future topics will be making knit Christmas ball ornaments and kumihimo braiding. At Monday's meeting, Libby of Sturdy of Clarendon Hills demonstrated different needlepoint stitches to make a Christmas tree. “It's a stash buster project,” Zick said ...
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:11:47 -0700

Davis specializes Kumihimo, an ancient Japanese form of braid-making with beads, fibers and other materials. Proving that you can give an old art a new twist, Davis' Kumihimo Hoop Earrings were selected for featured publication in Beadwork magazine, ...
The Robesonian
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:37:30 -0700

She added that many of her daughter's pieces were crafted using a Japanese style of braid-weaving known as Kumihimo. McNeill, who has previous experience overseeing boutique, car and motorcycle shows, said she hopes to turn the Antique and Craft ...
Frederick News Post (subscription)
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:11:11 -0700

She also keeps busy teaching paper bead making and Kumihimo, an ancient Japanese braiding technique, at Hagerstown Community College and Frederick Community College. Although Stribling still holds a full-time job and does her art out of her dining ...
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:15:30 -0700

She also teaches courses in everything from Kumihimo, a type of Japanese weaving, to metal clay. Most recently, her talents were recognized when she was chosen as a finalist in the 2013 Fire Mountain Gems Metals Contest. Her work was featured on the ...
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:56:15 -0700

In teaching classes from basic beading to kumihimo weaving, her passion lies in teaching techniques that allow participants to create unique designs that compliment their personas. Christopher McKagen is the editor of the Weekly Observer in Hemingway ...
Diario Vasco
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:36:53 -0700

A las 11 del mediodía habrá una demostración de técnicas de batalla y un taller de pulseras Kumihimo. A las 13 horas y entre todas las personas inscritas se procederá a realizar un sorteo de premios y a las 14 horas tendrá lugar una comida en un ...

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