Silk Kumihimo Aioi Ring
The ring is 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 ring consists of an "odamaki", double cords and a braided loop and is flat (see the second and third images). The ring becomes wearable by pulling the "odamaki" through the loop.
"Odamaki" is a small kumihimo ball which does not show the beginning or ending of the thread, symbolizing a continuity and good luck. "Aioi" is a braiding technique used for the loop. As the two cords always stay next to each other, it suggests a longevity of a couple.
The cords are square-column shaped and made of four colors. Because the ring is hand crafted, each side of the loop displays uniquely different color combinations as seen in the second and third images. By pulling the "odamaki" from either side of the loop, the ring gives two totally different impressions.
- 100% silk
- Fits most fingers (rings 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.