Japanese Kumihimo Braided Amulet Charm | Japanese Kimono Braid Craft Japanese Kumihimo Braided Amulet Charm | Japanese Kimono Braid Craft

Kumihimo Braided Craft

Japanese Kumihimo Braided Amulet Charm | Japanese Kimono Braid Craft

$18.20

Age:1980s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 2-1/4”h x 1-1/2”w

Buddhist knots are said to ward off evil spirits and act as good luck charm and in this case crafted by knotting cords together to create a chunky, textured Amulet. The charm shown focus is on Takadai, a term for colorful and elaborate single and double-layered flat braids, with a plain weave and twill structure. 

Kumihimo is the traditional Japanese technique of trading strands of silk to create these intricate colored braided amulets. The cords are strong and slender, and have a multitude of uses in Buddhist Braided Craft. Samurai once use Kumihimo cord as laces for their armor. The traditional Kimono Obi, was once bound by a cord of Kumihimo called an Obi-jime. It is an art both culturally significant and beautifully crafted.

This ornately jewel-like braided creation is entirely by hand without the help of any sort of tool, accomplishing a complicated pattern and multiple colors, and quite different than the mass-machine produced pieces made today. They this form of charm is very sought after particularly when they are as intricate and beautifully crafted as this piece.

Condition: Excellent without any flaws or loss of color or cording.