Drop-in Kumihimo Braiding Demonstrations with The Braid Society
During your visit to the exhibition Kumihimo: Japanese Silk Braiding by Domyo, drop into the Japan House Library to watch a skilled craftsperson from The Braid Society create intricate and beautiful kumihimo braids using a marudai braiding stand.
Literally translating as ‘joined or constructed threads’, kumihimo are finely braided cords which have been made in Japan for over 1,300 years.
Guests are welcome to speak to the braiders to learn about the structures and techniques of kumihimo while enjoying the gentle rhythmic movements of the braiding process.
The demonstration series is accompanied by two talk events in the Hall led by President of The Braid Society, Jennie Parry, on 5 April and 24 May 2023.
Wednesday 5 April, 15:00-17:00
Saturday 15 April, 12:00-17:00
Saturday 29 April, 12:00-17:00
Saturday 13 May, 12:00-17:00
Saturday 20 May, 12:00-17:00
Wednesday 24 May, 15:00-17:00
Saturday 10 June, 12:00-17:00
The Braid Society
The Braid Society was founded in 1993 and has an international membership of beginners, professionals, tutors, historical researchers, collectors and enthusiasts. The Society aims to promote the education and practice of the art and craft of making constructed or embellished braids and narrow band, including kumihimo made on different stands.
Jacqui is a maker, teacher, author and researcher of braids, having specialized in the subject since graduating from a BA (Hons) degree in woven textiles in 1985. Jacqui is renowned for her creative work that pushes out the boundaries beyond traditions. Working with a wide range of materials from silk to wire and paper clay, Jacqui uses her braidmaking to make connections between seemingly diverse subjects, interlacing both the material and the intangible. She shares her knowledge through teaching and is the author of numerous publications.
Sandy Jessett has been a student of kumihimo for over 30 years. She has studied with many wonderful teachers, in Japan and elsewhere, and pursues her own research through books and personal experiment. Her aim is to reproduce the Japanese structures as meticulously as she can, using a range of Japanese equipment. She often uses the braids for jewellery and costume trimmings, but sometimes make them just for the joy of the process.
Jennie Parry is a founder member and President of The Braid Society and President of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. She has been using Japanese braiding equipment since the mid-1980s, both as an integral part of her textiles and as an expressive art form. She has studied all 5 types of Japanese braiding equipment here and in Japan, but her firm favourites remain the very versatile marudai and takadai. She loves the making process and the ability to control the shape, colour balance, scale, and feel. Her braids have been exhibited in the UK, USA and Japan and she has given lectures and taught at International Braiding Conferences, Summer Schools and braiding workshops throughout the UK.