Andean Braiding

A style of braiding that originated in the Andean regions of South America (parts of modern day Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina). Andean braiding is a hand-braiding technique that used only two axes of braiding. It has been adapted to the Japanese marudai by Rodrick Owen and Makiko Tada.  

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Braiding is a simple interlacing of a single set of elements without any type of link, loop, wrap, or knot. It is differentiated from weaving, which is also an interlaced structure, in two ways: It uses only one set of elements to form the woven structure (the warp also serves as the weft), and the […]

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Chinese braiding stand

Braiding Stand

A piece of piece of equipment used in braiding. The term “braiding stand” is quite generic, and can apply to a variety of equipment. The term “loom” is not used to describe braiding equipment; it is specifically a tool used in weaving. See also:  Marudai, Karakumidai, Kakudai, Takadai

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Braiding, Point of

The point of braiding (kensaki) is the center point where the elements of the braid meet. The deflection of the point of braiding from the plane of braiding determines the length of the stitches of the braid and thus the density of the braid.

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Core Stand

A device used to allow the use of a core in a braid. Core braiding originated with Andean braids; it was adapted for modern use by Rodrick Owen. A core stand is a device that sits over the top of a marudai and allows additional elements (inactive) to be hung. During the braiding process, inactive […]

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An element is the base component of a braided structure. A braid is comprised of 4 or more elements. The structure is normally defined in terms of the number of tama used. An 8-tama braid would have 8 elements, each attached to a tama. A 16-element braid would have 16 elements. A 144-element braid (as […]

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A general term referring to the base material used in the construction of fabrics. Fiber can be organic or synthetic. Organic fiber is normally the structural components of any animal or plant tissue. Sources: The Primary Structure of Fabrics, Irene Emery, The Textile Museum, 1966; Wikipedia; various online references

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Diamond braid pattern


The Japanese word for “diamond” used in conjunction with Karakumi-dai braiding

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