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.

Which Way?


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Pink quartz, silver & glass

Amethyst Snake


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Long purple kumi with amethyst, silver

Good and Evil


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

Uncontained Joy


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Long Kumihimo necklace (easy on/off) with a large fabricated silver focal piece accented by long pearls.

Becker


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Silver-smithed pendant on a sweet kumi braid of pink, made for a sweet woman I know.

Amethyst Banquet


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Small seed kumihimo braid capturing pieces of faceted amethyst and silver endings.

Pearl Cluster


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Sixteen pearls and eight Austrian crystals, finished with homemade silver endings.

Red Sizzle


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Hand-made peyote tube and sterling closures highlights this necklace.

Earth Gifts


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Thin root beer-colored kumihimo with brass endings. The focal is a cluster of dropping Austrian crystals and freshwater pearl flakes.