Kumihimo Collection


Kumihimo (ku-mee-he-moo) Beaded Braid

In the early 8th century, kumihimo came to Japan with Buddhist ceremonial use. The cording, originally silk, was made in many variations. Kumihimo’s inconspicuous presence, yet ultimate utility, satisfied the natural flow of this creative art. From the 10th through the 16th centuries, it functioned as laces for the armor plates of Samurai warriors and as a way to attach their swords as side arms. Later, in times of peace, kumihimo was adopted into the women’s attire.

Today, this adaptable art continues to be used in contemporary culture. However, the spiritual origins of the art can still be found, as the process of handcrafting kumihimo brings a meditative, rhythmic peacefulness to the mind and body.

Good and Evil


(click photo to enlarge)
I have been making long (26-30”) kumihimo necklaces that go over your head. Connecting the two ends are various silversmithed pretties.

Becker


(click photo to enlarge)
Silver-smithed pendant on a sweet kumi braid of pink, made for a sweet woman I know.

Amethyst Banquet


(click photo to enlarge)
Small seed kumihimo braid capturing pieces of faceted amethyst and silver endings.

Jasper Party


(click photo to enlarge)
Jasper woven into kumi braid, finished with copper chain and findings.

Pearl Cluster


(click photo to enlarge)
Sixteen pearls and eight Austrian crystals, finished with homemade silver endings.

Summer Garden


(click photo to enlarge)
Deep red kumihimo braid, highlights the pendant made of sterling, bezeled rose quartz and carnelian.

Bondage


(click photo to enlarge)
Kumihimo bracelet with a "rough" closure of gunmetal "bondage".

Red Sizzle


(click photo to enlarge)
Hand-made peyote tube and sterling closures highlights this necklace.

Green Snake


(click photo to enlarge)
Magatama beads take center-stage, surrounded by glass cones and finished with a handmade sterling closure. Magatama (comma-shaped) beads have been used for hundreds of years, as its shape can be found in bones and other natural materials.

Mossy


(click photo to enlarge)
Matte green and iridescent square beads. The sterling closure lends an upscale look at the same time is very easy to attach.

Earth Gifts


(click photo to enlarge)
Thin root beer-colored kumihimo with brass endings. The focal is a cluster of dropping Austrian crystals and freshwater pearl flakes.

Pearl Surprise


(click photo to enlarge)
This small kumihimo braided necklace is 5mm in diameter and lightly sits on the neck. It has 16 pink/apricot pearls in the middle with an Austrian crystal tucked into the cluster. Copper closure finishes the piece that is 17-inches long (but could be made longer).