Point of Braiding is known also by it’s Japanese name, Kensaki (kehn-sah-kee).

When groups of yarns (strands, elements or bundles) are interlaced and a braid is being formed, the center of the braided structure represents the point of braiding. This is where the interlacement occurs and the structure becomes visible.

 

The point of braiding provides important information about the braid:

 It will show whether the completed sequence of interlacements has been executed correctly.

Are there missed movements of braid sequences?

Are the braided strands in the correct order?

Verify proper counterweight being used (point of braid should be level with the top of the kagami opening)

In this example you can see by looking at the Point of Braiding that a mistake in the braiding was made in the bottom yellow fibers..

 

 

 

 

This is an example of an incorrect counterweight. Since it is too heavy, see how far below the bottom of the mirror the braid is.

 

 

 

 

An example of the Point of Braiding for a Kongoh Gumi (eight strand) braid.

 

 

 

 

 

An example of a good Point of Braiding. Note where the POB is relative to the kagami or opening of the mirror.