I recently went to Guatemala and took a class on kumihimo braiding. I am also getting ready to take another class in kumihimo using the marudai. (from a Master). My goal is to become extremely efficient on the marudai. So, the above picture are braids I made to practice. I am sending them to a relative in Alaska.
One of the necklaces I made previously is:
Kumihimo is the Japanese form of braid making. The most prominent historical use of the cords was by samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their and their horses’ armor. Kumihimo cords are now used as ties on jackets and obijimes, which are used for tying on an obi or kimono sash. They also make beautiful necklaces.
Three rayon satin braids pick up the gold, green, blue and black colors in the diamond-shaped dichroic glass pendant. Although each braid is a different pattern, the three go together beautifully and form a lovely necklace. The necklace is adjustable from 17 to 20 1/2 inches in length and the findings are silver. This item can be found at LuckySammy.etsy.com