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