About AKS

The mission of the American Kumihimo Society (AKS) is to deepen the appreciation of
the art of braiding by providing educational resources, support and connections for the
braiding community worldwide.

We provide educational opportunities for braid artists of all skill levels:

• AKS Online Learning Center – offering virtual classes taught by internationally
renowned instructors
• Gathering Threads – the AKS annual journal is mailed free to our more than 300
• AKS Gathering – an annual in-person braiding conference held in different locations
around the US
• Braids Not to Wear – An annual juried virtual exhibition and contest of small braided

The American Kumihimo Society (AKS) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization founded in
January of 2016 incorporated in the state of Florida.

Our Board:

President: Adrienne Gaskell
Vice President of Governance: Margaret Hunter
Vice President of Programs: Jane Peterson
Vice President of Marketing & Communications: Carol Benner
Secretary: Kim Tamarin
Treasurer: Sherri Hodnefield
Board Member: Cherie MacArthur
Board Member: Giovanna Imperia
Board Member: Janis Saunders

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Mailing Address:

American Kumihimo Society
P O Box 7435
Saint Petersburg, FL 33734
AKS organizational documents are available to paying members upon request.

Thank you for your interest in helping The American Kumihimo Society further their goal of providing knowledge and resources to  America’s Braiding Community! One of our goals is to provide educational opportunities to the braiding community to foster the development of a deeper understanding of braiding terms and techniques, to provide resources to improve existing skills and develop new ones, with the ultimate goal of a stronger, more robust, community.

Whether is the annual AKS Gathering or weekly get-togethers with a local group, we encourage you to use our events calendar to find braiding events near you and events that will enhance your kumihimo knowledge.

One of the best ways to learn and grow is with others. It’s part of our mission to provide you resources that will help you connect with your fellow kumistas. Check out our networking tools, events calendar, local group listings, and, of course, classes