Kumihimo is a time-honored technique of Japanese braiding meaning gathered thread in which colorful rattail cord is braided into a decorative woven rope. A foam disk serves as a handheld loom, and depending on its shape, will produce a flat and round braid.
Kumihimo has become one of the most popular forms of beading and braiding. Accent beads, from seed beads to rondelles, can be added to the cording while braiding to create intricate looking beaded styles. From the trendy friendship bracelet to decorative hair or clothing adornments, this technique is both accessible and fun for all ages.