Projects, patterns and lessons on ply-split, sprang and other braiding techniques.
Braid & Embroidery
The making of Iga-kumihimo was introduced from the influencial countries on the Asian continent and the braids were used for Buddhist altars or Shinto implements and costumes.
Makers of Japanese style braiding looms, marudai and takadai.
The history and characteristics of kumihimo are explained at this Japanese site.
A site that is being developed for kumihimo braiding, with links, and instructions.
You Tube – Kumihimo
Braiding Books: Kumihimo
Kumihimo braids are made of silk threads and were originally used as ties, cording, and belts for clothing and closures for Samurai warriors. Detailed step-by-step photographs present six projects to make a variety of braids, and tips on equipment and advice for developing the projects are included.
UK: Japanese Braiding
A Complete Guide To Kumihimo On A Braiding Loom: Round, Flat, Square, Hollow, And Beaded Braids And Necklaces
Step-by-step instructions for basic and advanced braiding techniques using the widely available handheld KumiLoom and other disks.
UK: Complete Guide to Kumihimo
200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop, or Weave
Hundreds of sumptuous braided designs are arranged by structure, from twisted and knotted pieces to more elaborate looped and woven examples.
UK: 200 Braids to Twist