Kumihimo, the Ancient Japanese Art of Silk Braiding

The Golden Age of kumihimo occurred during the Heian period (794–1185), when exquisitely detailed cords began to be incorporated into the nobility’s garments, decorative furnishings, musical instruments, religious implements, and, most famously, samurai arms and armour.

via Open Culture


  1. Anonymous12:50 pm

    After going through that extremely complicated process of braiding one of the designs I wonder how they end it? They have a couple dozen threads to somehow tie off in a neat finished ending of the cord, they can't just put a scrunchie on it.


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