4 11, 2023

About the AKS Glossary

By |2023-11-07T08:19:23-06:00November 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 |2021-07-31T00:13:12-05:00July 26, 2021|

Anda Gumi is perhaps, the simplest braid for the Takadai, and typically the first braid students learn on a Takadai.  The literal translation is Easy [...]

1 01, 2021

Baby Takadai

By |2023-11-04T10:00:09-05:00January 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 |2019-11-11T03:07:17-06:00November 11, 2019|

Biron is a synthetic thread from Japan that mimics silk. It is also less expensive than silk. Imposter is a similar thread also from Japan.

30 10, 2019


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


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 |2022-05-04T09:06:40-05:00September 11, 2020|

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

26 01, 2019

Disk (Disc)

By |2021-07-23T16:40:53-05:00January 26, 2019|

  The original foam kumihimo disk, round in shape, was designed by Makiko Tada and made in Japan by the Hamanaka company. Today, disks are [...]

22 02, 2020


By |2021-07-23T16:45:17-05:00February 22, 2020|

Also called slip knot or the slipping hitch. The half-hitch is the knot used to hold the threads on the Tama while braiding.  The benefit [...]