Glossary

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22 02, 2020

Half-hitch

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 [...]

2 08, 2018

Hira-dama (hee-rah-dah-mah)

By |2024-02-01T13:23:58-06:00August 2, 2018|

Braids made on the Karakumidai use special silk threads wound on bobbins called hira-dama. These are very lightweight tama (roughly 5gr to 8gr) traditionally made [...]

11 11, 2019

Imposter

By |2024-01-09T15:02:55-06:00November 11, 2019|

Imposter is a synthetic fiber made of nylon or polyester. These fibers have the characteristics found in silk fiber (luster, shine and strength) and make [...]

2 08, 2018

Interlacement

By |2024-01-21T10:06:30-06:00August 2, 2018|

Interlacement occurs at the Point of Braiding where the various braiding strands come together to form the braid.  Note the picture to the left of the interlacement on [...]

11 09, 2020

Karakumidai (car-ah-koo-me-dye)

By |2020-09-11T00:30:56-05:00September 11, 2020|

A kumihimo braiding stand creates a flat braid through a series of 's' twisted threads resulting in a series of diamond shapes called hishi. The [...]

31 07, 2021

Kohrai Gumi (koh-rah-ee goo-mee)

By |2024-02-02T15:02:31-06:00July 31, 2021|

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 [...]

17 12, 2020

Kumihimo (Koo-mee-hee-moh)

By |2023-12-08T10:03:30-06:00December 17, 2020|

Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese form of braiding. History shows these braids came to Japan through Korea and China along with Buddhism. The term “kumihimo” [...]

6 10, 2019

Kute-uchi (koo-teh-oo-chee)

By |2024-02-18T13:34:09-06:00October 6, 2019|

  The term Kute-uchi  was coined by Masako Kinoshita and refers to loop-manipulation braiding  – both finger-held and hand-held – especially as a Japanese tradition. [...]

18 11, 2023

Leaders

By |2023-12-06T16:13:22-06:00November 18, 2023|

Leaders – Leaders are thin strings, looped onto tama, used to extend the length of bundled fibers. The use of leaders enables the braider to [...]

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