The Baby Takadai was developed in the US based on a Japanese design. It is small, portable version of the floor size Takadai. The photo on the right shows the Baby Takadai scale relative to a regular size Takadai.
There are a few Japanese versions, but the concept is essentially the same and they all work the same. The Japanese versions come with very light hira-dama similar to those used on a karakumidai. The US version comes with a set of weighted EZ Bobs (24 gr.) where additional weight can be added (up to 35 gr.).
It has only one arm per side, and a front rail — which can allow for some very basic variations of ayatakedai braids or double layer takadai braids. The size also limits the type and weight of bobbins that can be used. These design limitations indicate that the Baby Takadai is not a low-cost replacement for a Takadai. However, it very suitable for small scale projects.
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 to Braid. This braid is the equivalent of a Plain Weave — where the working bundle goes over one bundle, under one, over one, etc. Because of its simplicity, this braid can be done with any number of tama/bobbins.
Ichimai Kourai Gumi, Kourai = Korea and Ichimai = One layer. The name translates into One Layer Korean Braid. It is executed on a single set of Takadai arms. In weaving terms, this braid corresponds to a 2-2 Twill: the working bundle moves two over, two under, two over, etc. This is also a basic structure and one of the first braids students learn. However, this specific twill structure can be executed on one set or two sets of arms.
Tsune Gumi, the literal translation is: Endless Braid. In weaving terms, it is a 3-3 twill: the working bundle goes over 3, under 3 etc. While this specific braid is done on a single set of arms, the specific twill structure can be used in double layer braids as well.
Mugiho Gumi is a single layer takadai braid. The literal translation is: Wheat Ears Braid. The name is fairly descriptive of the thick ridge is created along the selvedges.
Kohrai Gumi is a more advanced one layer Takadai braid. It blends Plain Weave and Twill structures. The appearance of the braid will be different depending on how these two structures are combined. In this specific variation, Plain Weave is executed twice on each side, followed by two repetitions of 2-2 Twill on each side. The literal translation of the name is “Light Will Come Braid.”