Rectangular braidKumihimo or kumi himo is, literally, kumi or coming together and himo for string, cord or rope. Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding art that continues to gain enthusiasts in the United States and around the world. The braiding can be completed on a variety of disk and plates, the marudai and other structures. Kumihimo also offers braiders the opportunity to display their creativity by using a variety of materials including silks and other fibers, metallics and metals, bead strands and anything else your imagination chooses.