Finger loop braiding, or more technically “finger-held, loop-manipulation braiding,” is an off-loom, no-equipment technique for making braided bands. Yarn or thread is used doubled and held in loops, at the ends by the fingers. It has been done all over the world for thousands of years.  Hand-held loop braiding from Oman, ancient Japan and Peru is essentially the same process, but is done with loops mounted around the whole hand rather than on separate fingers.

Please click on kute-uchi for in depth information on the Japanese process.

See the following references for further information on loop manipulation; finger-held and hand-held braiding:

Boutrup, Joy. ”Loop Manipulation Braiding. ”Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Braiding, 2012, pp. 52-56.

An Annotated Classification of Textile Techniques, Haupt, 2024. Noemi Speiser.

Loop Manipulation Braiding, Noemi Speiser.

Loop Manipulation definition used with permission of Braid Society. – The Braid Society was founded in 1993 and it has grown since then to include members from across the UK and many other countries.  The Society aims to promote the education and practice of the art and craft of making constructed or embellished braids and narrow bands.

Debbie Richardson. “Loop Manipulation Definition”. Received by Beth Hardy, 11APR.2024.