This ancient Japanese technique of “gathering of threads”, or braiding, began to be used around 8000 BC. Around this same time period, the Peruvians developed similar braiding techniques which were used for very practical purposes such as carrying water jugs and lashing packs to animals.
Using a Marudai, a large wooden loom with weights, the Japanese developed their braiding technique into an art form and the braids were used primarily for personal adornment.
I use a Kumihimo braiding disk with eight large bobbins, the preferred method today, to create my braided designs with satin, silk, cotton or wool fibers or leather.
Each braid is completed by hand then enhanced with a focal piece such as a hand forged or formed metal pendant, an unusual natural stone or perhaps a memorable seashell. I finish the ends with handmade sterling silver end caps and clasp.
Each hand made braid and individually designed enhancement is carefully chosen to complement each other.
A Kumihimo neckpiece can add a casual sophistication to a pendant designand it looks as great with office attire as it does with jeans. Available when shown with a pendant, and also by special order. Please e-mail with questions and requests.