History of KU.MI.HI.MO, the Asian Art of Cord Braiding
In the early 8th
century, kumihimo came to Japan with
Buddhist ceremonial use. The cording,
originally silk, was made in many variations.
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
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.
KU.MI.HI.MO Jewelry by Yoshi
Through many hours, I have handcrafted each of these
necklaces using a wide range of materials collected over a lifetime. Notice the artistic blending of old with new
and natural with man-made beads. I have
inventively braided them throughout durable KU.MI.HI.MO cording to make my
one-of-a-kind creations. Each necklace
begins with a handmade loop and ends with a coordinating stone or bead to
create a closure of function and design.
These necklaces intertwine nature, culture, and art into an adornment of
Kumihimo jewelry is both durable and washable. Just hand wash in a solution of mild, soapy
water. Rinse. Shape and lay on a towel to air dry.
Prices reflect the rarity and value of materials used.
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