Biron

Biron is a synthetic thread from Japan that mimics silk. It is also less expensive than silk. Imposter is a similar thread also from Japan.

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Bobbins

The term, bobbin, is often used interchangeably with Tama.  However, Tama refer to a very specific type of bobbin, while bobbin can encompass a variety of devices used to gather and organize bundles of threads.  Most braiding stands use a system of weights and counterweights to keep the bundles of threads under tension while braiding […]

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Miao (China) braiding stand

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. Miao (China) braiding stand, […]

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Braids

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 other cultures, […]

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