Tama

Tama or gama are the Japanese words for bobbin. The traditional kumihimo tama are weighted with lead.  The weight can vary from 35 gr to 240 gr.  Most common weights used in Japan are 85 gr and 100 gr and in the West 70gr and 85gr. The 240 gr tama are typically used on the Kakudai to make certain four and eight strands braids.