The Art of Kumihimo


Missouri Artists on Main

319 – 321 South Main Street

St. Charles, MO

(636) 724-1260

kumi himo means gathered threads in Japanese. It is an ancient form of braiding


Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Traditionally tools were used such as the marudai or maru dai which was a frame for braiding round cords. The takadai is the rectangular or square frame used to braid flat kumihimo or ribbons. Throughout history, kumihimo has been admired for its dual qualities of usefulness and beauty. Kumihimo cords were used by the Samurai as both a decorative and functional way to lace up their own and their horses armor. Today the cords are used as ties on jackets and kimonos. (Carey, Jacqui. Japanese braiding: The craft of Kumihimo. Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Search Press, 2009.)

Modern kumihimo disks made of foam can be used to weave cords and beads into beautiful jewelry.


Kumihimo jewelry by MAOM artist Rosanne Sartori

 Join Rosanne Sartori at Missouri Artists on Main for a half day workshop. Leave class with a bracelet and the Kumihimo disk so that you will be able to continue working to create additional pieces.

Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet Class

October 18, 2015

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Call Missouri Artists on Main to reserve your spot in the class (636) 724-1260

COST: $65 (includes all materials)


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