Tama

Weights used in braiding to exert force on the center (point of braiding). Japanese tama are generally 100gr, while US tama are usually 70gr. The weight of the tama is not as critical as the relationship between the total tama weight and the center-weight; the interaction of the two determine the length of the stitches […]

Read More

Warp

Warp is the term used to describe threads before they are braided. We use this term when we measure out the threads and prepare them for braiding. Example: “I measured out a warp that was 30″ long and put it on the marudai to make a braid about half that length.” The term comes from the weaving […]

Read More

Weft

The weft is the other basic component in weaving which turns yarns into fabric. The weft is the yarn placed between warp yarns. The simplest structure is called plain weave or tabby where alternating odd and even warp threads are lifted so that the weft goes over 1 under 1. Most woven structures warp and […]

Read More