KUMIHIMO Japanese Silk Braiding by Domyo

KUMIHIMO: Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO

KUMIHIMO Japanese Silk Braiding by Domyo

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Discover the past, present and possible futures of kumihimo, an intricate, decorative braided cord from Japan, in the first major UK exhibition exploring this ancient yet contemporary Japanese art.

Literally translating as ‘joining threads together’, kumihimo is characterized by its vivid colours and intricate patterns, and is created by expert craftspeople who combine up to 140 hand-dyed threads, often made of silk.

KUMIHIMO: Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO brings the story of Japanese braiding to life with floor-to-ceiling installations, absorbing video, creative displays of equipment and tools and more than 50 different examples of the braids themselves, imaginatively presented throughout the gallery. The exhibition is divided into three sections; The History of Kumihimo, which explores its 1300-year past; The Structure of Kumihimo, which allows guests to get up close to the processes; and The Future of Kumihimo, which encourages guests to join in the discussions on future possibilities and potential.

The exhibition is produced by Yusoku Kumihimo Domyo (Domyo), a company located in the old shopping and entertainment district of Ueno in central Tokyo, which has been making braided silk cords by hand since 1652.

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Booking a free ticket is not essential, but is recommended in order to guarantee entry to the exhibition at your chosen time. 

23-26 February Book now
27 Feb - 5 March Book now

Guests are advised that all bags (except small shoulder bags) need to be stored in the cloakroom prior to entering the exhibition. 

Well-behaved dogs that are small enough to be carried are welcome on the Ground Floor at Japan House London. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building.

Read the Press Release to learn more about KUMIHIMO: Japanese Silk Braiding by DOMYO.