Loop Braiding in Japan (Kute-uchi)

Kute -Uchi dates back to the 7th century in Japan. This braiding technique allows the craftsman to make a braid free-hand without the aid of equipment, although for long braids another person may beat the braid. In the Japanese kute-uchi a foot-controlled beater may be used. Loops of threads are attached to a center point. […]

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Marudai (mar-oo-dye)

The Marudai is a round-top braiding stand used to make a wide variety of kumihimo braids in many different forms: round, square, rectangular, flat, triangular, and other polygonal shapes. It is considered the most versatile of the 5 basic types of kumihimo braiding stands, or dai. The word marudai comes from Japanese words maru 丸 […]

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Nejime (ney-gee-meh)

Nejime is a securing tie that is used to hold warp threads together. It is recommended to make Nejime and other securing ties from thin cotton thread because cotton makes a more secure knot than synthetic threads.

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Octo Plate

Makiko Tada has designed a new braiding tool, called the Octo Plate that allows braiders to make wider flat braids.

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Omori (o-mor-ee)

The Omori is a bag containing weights to counterweight the tama. Usually the counterweight is 40% to 50% of the total weight of the tama. It is attached to the braid in order to create resistance as it is made.

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Plate

The original foam kumihimo square plate was designed by Makiko Tada and made in Japan by the Hamanaka company. Many disks are available in different shapes and sizes and are made by many manufacturers.

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