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4 11, 2023

About the AKS Glossary

By |2024-01-21T10:27:00-06:00November 4, 2023|

Welcome. The AKS glossary contains English and Japanese terms relevant to the art of braiding known as kumihimo (koo-mee-hee-moh). Please email glossary comments and suggestions [...]

26 07, 2021

Anda Gumi

By |2024-01-21T18:20:26-06:00July 26, 2021|

  Anda-gumi – (an-dah-goo-mee) The literal translation is Easy to Braid and the descriptive name is Plain Weave. This braid is typically the first one students learn on a [...]

1 01, 2021

Baby Takadai

By |2023-12-22T13:12:58-06:00January 1, 2021|

  The Baby Takadai was developed in the US based on a Japanese design. It is small, portable version of the floor size Takadai. The [...]

11 11, 2019

Biron (bee-ron)

By |2024-01-06T17:30:07-06:00November 11, 2019|

In the word Biron: Bi means beautiful. The ron term is used in Japan to reference synthetic fibers such as nylon and rayon. Imposter is [...]

30 10, 2019

Bobbins

By |2021-07-30T21:43:19-05:00October 30, 2019|

The term, bobbin, is often used interchangeable with tama.  However, tama refer to a very specific type of bobbin, while bobbin can encompass a variety [...]

11 09, 2020

Braid

By |2021-07-23T16:27:20-05:00September 11, 2020|

A braid (sometimes called a plait) is a three-dimensional structure created by interlacing a minimum of three strands of flexible materials such as yarns, wire, [...]

11 09, 2020

Core Stand

By |2024-01-17T11:24:02-06:00September 11, 2020|

A device used to allow the use of a core in a braid. Core braiding originated with Andean braids which are made in the hand; [...]

26 01, 2019

Disk (Disc)

By |2023-12-08T10:31:44-06:00January 26, 2019|

The light-weight circular disk is used to make round braids, normally made on the marudai. A great introduction to braiding; disks travel well and are [...]

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