Kumihimo Event – A Braid-In
Convergence 2010 Albuquerque
for the NAIKI kumihimo braid with Convergence 2010 colors
Experiment in applying an 8-element binary layout from The Twenty Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi to a 16-element braid. Article appeared in Strands 2012, the journal of the Braid Society -- From Edo Yatsu Gumi to Kongo Lines.
Family Activity Day – Samurai Exhibit
Portland Art Museum
and Cheetah - kumihimo design
Kumihimo is a Japanese word for a braided cord: the verb kumu means to braid or to plait, and the noun himo is a cord.
Braided silk cords have enjoyed a long history in Japan. During the Samurai era, some styles of armor required 1000 yards of silk cord to lace together the bands of lacquered metal. In traditional dress, a braided cord (obijime) is used with the kimono and obi, assuring that the obi knot stays securely tied. Today, designers are highlighting the beauty of braided silk cords in contemporary jewelry.
Learn more about how the core was stabilized in this kumihimo braid