• call 1.877.473.BEAD (2323) Toll free | +1.416.751.1911
  • query_builder Order Desk Mon to Fri : 11am to 6pm.

Kit - Kumihimo Starter - Kit

$19.50

  • Limited Quantity Available Online
  • Limited Quantity In-Store
  • SKUs42488
  • Availability :In Stock
Starter kit for Kumihimo. Contains pretty much all you need to get going (except scissors - which we are pretty sure you have.) Basic instructions, kumi-disk for making braids, an assortment of rat-tail cord, bobbins, glue, and findings. Colours may vary. Enough cord to make a generously sized...
Qty :
remove add
Description

Starter kit for Kumihimo. Contains pretty much all you need to get going (except scissors - which we are pretty sure you have.) Basic instructions, kumi-disk for making braids, an assortment of rat-tail cord, bobbins, glue, and findings. Colours may vary. Enough cord to make a generously sized bracelet.

More Info 

Kit - Kumihimo Starter - Kit


Kumihimo - pronounced Koo-me-HEE-mo - as least as far as I've heard - is the Japanese form of braiding. Cords (round) and ribbons (flat) can be braided. According to Wikipedia:

Kumihimo cord was first created by a form of finger-loop braiding. Later tools such as the Marudai and the Takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. The most prominent historical use of the cords was by samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their armour. Kumihimo cords are now used deocarative as ties on jackets, and obijimes, which are used for tying on an obi (kimono sash).

The kumihimo disk has evolved as an inexpensive and portable replacement for the Marudai - which is an open ring on legs, usually made of wood, and about this size of a small stool. It uses dangling spools to create tension on the lines. The disks use the tension created by the notches, but spools to keep your cords tidy and organized and untangled are still very functional and useful.

We have findings that work nicely for Kumihimo, but could be used just as well for Viking Knit or beaded tubes.

As for the cord to use, we recommend starting with the Satin cords, which come in different sizes.