Kumihimo means “gathering of threads”.
This ancient Japanese technique of 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 bezel set stone or perhaps a memorable seashell. I finish the ends with handmade sterling silver end caps.
Each hand made braid and individually designed enhancement is carefully chosen to complement each other.
This will be your “go to piece” – it looks as great for work as it does with jeans!