These bracelets are made of silk thread and braided using the kumihimo technique, which has been practiced for over a thousand years in Japan. Kumihimo creates functional as well as decorative braided cords.
The bracelets employ two types of kumihimo techniques. The brown, orange, yellow and blue bracelets are made in "China braid" style while the beige, red and green ones are in "Edo braid" style. "China braid" uses finer threads and 16 bobbins, giving the cords a smooth surface and a "square tube" appearance. They are then tweaked so they twist naturally. "Edo braid" uses 8 bobbins to beautifully showcases a medley of colors.
All bracelets are fastened with odamaki, a small ball that symbolizes continuity and good luck. The bracelet can also be worn as a choker when stretched.
Who Makes It
Showen Kumihimo was founded in 1948 in Kyoto. From dying to plying and twisting, all the processes for preparing thread are done in-house. The thread is then braided into kumihimo and handcrafted into various accessories by artisans.
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