Kourai translates to Korea and Ichimai to One layer. The name translates into One Layer Korean Braid. The descriptive name is 2-2 Twill, the braid is created with the working bundle moving two over, two under.  This basic structure is often one of the first braids students learn. This specific twill structure can be executed on one set or two sets of arms on the taka-dai.

“2/2 Twill Weave Patterns have a distinctive textural appearance: the diagonal pattern is accentuated by vertical ridges known as “ribbing”. As with plain-weave braids, twill braids can also be made using an odd or even number of bobbins, bringing asymmetry or symmetry to the pattern.” (1).

  1. Owen, Rodrick. making kumihimo Japanese interlaced braids. Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd., 2004.