Makiko Tada

Japan’s Makiko Tada is largely responsible for the growing international interest in the art of Kumihimo braiding. She creates designs from both traditional patterns and from her own original designs and is an expert on the long history of kumihimo.  After restoring ancient national treasure braids from the Kyoto National Museum, she dedicated them to […]

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Yin Guang

Yin Guang

Yin Guang is a creative designer. She has been teaching Kumihimo in national shows for more than 5 years. Her passion in teaching and attitude of helping people to “make things done” are very appreciated by her students. Mrs. Yin Guang has an MD education which helps her pay attention to the details of design. […]

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Masumi Tada

Masumi Tada, the daughter-in-law of internationally recognized kumihimo artist Makiko Tada, has studied kumihimo braiding techniques for more than 20 years, and has worked as Makiko’s assistant for four years. Masumi received a doctoral degree in the replication of ancient historic Japanese braids, contributing to Japanese national treasure restorations. Her studies have included techniques of […]

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Adrienne Gaskell

Adrienne Gaskell

St. Petersburg, Florida Adrienne Gaskell’s innovations explore the ancient Japanese art of kumihimo. Her jewelry incorporates gemstones, pearls, and beads and has been featured in “Showcase 500 Art Necklaces” by Lark Books, Bead&Button’s BeadDreams competition, and the Toho Design Challenge. She exhibits at juried art shows and galleries across the county. Her teaching resume includes […]

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Giovanna Imperia

Giovanna Imperia

Giovanna Imperia is the author of Kumihimo Wire Jewelry and many articles on braiding and weaving. Her work has been exhibited and is included in private and museum collections throughout the United States and internationally. Giovanna’s work focuses on the exploration of tactile and organic nature of fiber while pushing the boundaries of the expected […]

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