Takadai taw-kaw-dye)

Taka = high     Dai = stand The traditional Japanese takadai, the “high stand”, is a larger piece of equipment than is commonly seen outside of Japan. The braider kneels on a board or sits on a stool inside the stand. This version of the takadai was created in the Edo period (1603 -1867) to […]

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Tama (taw-ma)

Traditionally tama are made of hard wood, turned on a lathe to have an hour-glass shape, they are weighted with lead. Weights are used in Kumihimo to exert force on the center (point of braiding). Japanese tama are generally 100gr, while US tama are usually 70gr, other weights are available. The weight of the tama […]

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