Silk Kumihimo Double Wrap Bracelet
These bracelets are 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 bracelets employ two types of kumihimo techniques: brown, orange, yellow and blue bracelets are made in "China braid" style while beige, red and green ones are in "Edo braid" style. "China braid" uses finer threads and 16 bobbins, making the cords with smooth surface and a "square tube" appearance. They are then tweaked so they twist naturally. "Edo braid" uses 8 bobbins and beautifully showcases a medley of colors.
All bracelets are fastened with odamaki, a small ball that symbolizes continuity and good luck. The bracelet can also be worn as a choker when stretched.
- 100% silk
- 14" long (can stretch a little bit); fits small to medium wrists
- Comes in a box
- 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.