Silk Kumihimo Odamaki Bracelet
These bracelets are made of silk thread and braided using Japanese kumihimo technique. Kumihimo has been practiced over a thousand years in Japan and creates functional as well as decorative braided cords.
The bracelets offered here are simple kumihimo cords with "odamaki" and adjustable to fit most people. "Odamaki" is a small kumihimo ball and does not show the beginning or ending of the thread, symbolizing continuity and good luck. They are made in Kyoto by Showen kumihimo using old braiding machines and are finished by hand of experienced artisans.
As the bracelet does not have any metal parts, it is suitable to wear for the people allergic to metals. Wear one, or several of these kumihimo bracelets to accentuate any outfit.
- 100% silk
- Adjustable to fit up to about 8" wrist (bracelets can stretch a little bit)
- Avoid contact with water; silk thread is not treated with water repellant
- Excessive friction against bracelets may cause fraying of the thread
- Made in Kyoto
Who Makes It
Showen Kumihimo was founded in 1948 in Kyoto to manufacture kumihimo, a type of Japanese braid that was used in many objects in Japanese culture from armor to tea ceremony. In addition to making products for the traditional use, the company now makes various kuminimo items that fit the modern lifestyle.
From dying to plying and twisting, the thread is prepared in-house in Kyoto; then it is woven into kumihimo using old-fashioned braiding machines. The antiquated machines require constant fine-tuning and must be attended by experienced kumihimo makers. Finished kumihimo is then handcrafted by artisans into various accessories.