Kumihimo: Braiding the thread

Following the video Kumihimo: Dying and Preparing the thread, see how the silk thread is braided to form kumihimo using two different braid stands.

In our first sequence, the craftsperson sits at a takadai braiding station and passes bobbins through the upper and lower registers of threads. During the process they beat the thread to tighten the braid with a bamboo tool known as a hera.

Second, on the round top of a marudai stand, threads are crossed back and forth in a regular sequence, to create a braided cord.

Learn more about this art in our exhibition Kumihimo: Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO. 

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