Silk Kumihimo Aioi Ring
The ring is made of silk thread and braided using kumihimo technique. Kumihimo has been practiced over a thousand years in Japan and creates functional as well as decorative braided cords.
The ring becomes wearable by pulling the odamaki, a small ball that symbolizes a continuity and good luck, through the loop. 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. 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. From dying to plying and twisting, the thread is prepared in-house; then it is braided into kumihimo and handcrafted into various accessories by the artisans.