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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Miao (China) braiding stand

Braiding Stand

Miao (China) Braiding Stand In many cultures, some type of equipment is used for braiding. The most common one is a round stand with a weight/counterweight system designed to create enough tension to ensure consistent interlacements. Stands also allow the braider to handle a large number of elements efficiently while being able to braid faster. […]

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Braids

Kumihimo Sampler A braid (sometimes called a plait) is a three-dimensional structure created by interlacing a minimum of three strands of flexible materials such as yarns, wire, straw, leather or hair. In some cultures — such as in Japan — braids are constructed by using multiples of 4 elements (e.g., 4, 8, 12, etc.).  In […]

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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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Hira-dama

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 by folding washi (paper) around a coin. The silk is attached to a leader thread and wound around the hira-dama. As the braid progresses, lengths of silk are wound off […]

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Interlacement

An interlacement occurs when a yarn is moved through a group of yarns by going over and under them — for instance: over 1 under 1, over 2 under 3, and so on. Braids are typically oblique interlaced structures which distinguishes a braided structure vs. a woven one.

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Karakumi-dai

A kumihimo braiding stand used to make flat fabric through a series of ‘s’ twisted fibers resulting in a series of diamond shapes. Photo courtesy of Braider’s Hand.

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braiders-hand-marudai

Marudai

A Marudai is a round-top braiding stand or frame 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 […]

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POB

A shorthand abbreviation for Point of Braiding. See definition for Point of Braiding

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Point of Braiding

When groups of yarns are interlaced and a braid is being formed, the center of the braided structure represents the point of braiding. That’s where the interlacement occurs and the structure becomes visible. The point of braiding is clearly visible when braids are constructed on round devices or handheld, where layers of interlaced yarns are […]

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