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Each strand of pure silk is beautifully dyed by artisans, then gathered into a bundle of 13 threads that are twisted and braided in complex patterns using traditional techniques, eventually resulting in a “kumihimo” cord of 607 strands.

A “kumihimo” is a cord made of complexly braided threads. The art form has a long history, said to be passed down from Buddhist origins. Kumihimo have long been treasured as decorations for Buddhist ritual and tea ceremony tools, armor, swords, and ties for the obi belts of glamorous kimonos. Founded in Uji, Kyoto in 1948, Showen Kumihimo continues to search for its role in modern times, creating its handicrafts with carefully chosen silk to expand the possibilities of kumihimo cords.
“Koraigumi” cords in particular have a history of use as decorations for high quality items because their technique allows the creator to incorporate beautiful, detailed patterns and letters into the design.

Featuring beautiful silk, the traditional Japanese art of “kumihimo” is being reborn.

Quality is in the hands of artisans.

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