Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
The obessesion of Kumihimo has been continuous for 70 years. Showen continues to search for its role in modern times, creating its handicrafts with carefully chosen silk to expand the possibilities of kumihimo cords.
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.
in the hands of artisans.
Kyoto Showen Silk Kumihimo Strap
￥4,000～ (7 colors)
It was the Ayakorai design, which incorporates a vertical stripe pattern known as Aya using Showa Kumihimo’s own unique braiding techniques, that eventually became the basis for Knot’s Silk-Kumihimo watchstrap. The width required for watchstraps is greater than for other craftworks, at it took literally a full year from the initial conception of the design to its final completion. Through a process of original research and development and the adoption of a special braiding format, we eventually achieved the creation of a watchstrap that is 18 mm wide and only 2 mm thick. Please try enjoying this pure Japanese style textile strap for yourself.More detail
Kyoto Showen Silk Kumihimo 13 braids Strap
￥5,500～ (6 colors)
As its name suggests, it is an entirely new braided wristwear that sublimates into a strap by incorporating one braid of one thirteen braids. The three-dimensional texture that is born by braiding them and forming a twisted string while combining the beautiful coloring of the silk combines high quality and gentleness, brings a deep emotion in a single color.More detail