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.