Kumihimo: 16-Element Kongo Gumi Braid

Lecture and Hands-On Session

In this slide lecture, learn about Japanese history from the perspective of kumihimo by following the historical development of Japanese plaited cords from fossilized remains in grave mounds to Samurai silk-laced armor to fashion world of kimono, obi, obijime. See how current practitioners of kumihimo are evolving new designs to reflect the changes in the world of plaited cords. Following the slides, participants will make a kumihimo key ring on a round foam disk.