Kumihimo Production Process (Mitakegumi)
Below, we will show you the authentic Mitakegumi production process for Kumihimo — the art of hand-making traditional Japanese ornamental braided cords.
Dyed silk thread is wound onto a small frame.
2. Thread Matching
The threads are then twisted together to form a bundle.
3. Main Thread Winding
4. Setting the Balls on the Stand
The ball with the thread wound around it is set on the braid stand. The braid stand shown in the photo is a round stand with 24 balls. All the balls are of the same weight.
The thread bundles are crossed alternately in a twill-like pattern at a specific pitch, interval, and pace to complete the assembly..
6. Braid Grain Checking
Sometimes, check the braid after it has been assembled. Check for any gaps or distortion. If any braids are not straight, they will have to be untied and reassembled.
7. Attaching Tassels
After the string has been assembled to the desired length, the ends are securely fastened with silk thread, and the tassels are slightly added with threads of the same color.