Kumihimo is the Japanese name for the art of cord-making via braiding.
Kumihimo can be translated as ‘gathering of threads’ and the earliest Kumihimo in Japan is generally believed to date back to the Nara Period (645-784 AD). Braids were used for securing clothing and possibly also in religious ceremonies.
Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese cord braiding technique usually braided on a marudai.
A marudai (丸台, marudai?) is a frame used for making kumihimo, a type of Japanese braid. The Japanese style marudai is 16″ (40cm) high and is usually used while kneeling or when placed on a table. The Western style 26″ marudai allows the braider to sit in a chair to braid. They are most commonly made out of wood, although sometimes plastic is the chosen material.
Unlike kumihimo disks, marudais have no indication of where the thread should be placed; it is done freehand. To create the tension required for the rope to form, tama are rolled on the strands of threads, and a bag of counterweights is placed at the base knot of these threads, where the rope begins. The tama are wooden bobbins that are often filled with lead or other heavy metals.
My experiences with this method of making cord is evolving. I find comfort and satisfaction knowing that my unique spin and design sense is incorporated into Club Creative Studio Kumihimo creations. Let me know if you desire to request a custom-made item incorporating this technique. I am happy to create something one-of-a-kind with your needs and specific taste in mind.