Around the seventh or eighth century, new braiding techniques and silk threads were introduced to Japan from the Asian continent. Kumihimo (koo’ mee hee’ mo) can be translated as 'gathering of threads,' and is an art of braiding, originally with silk, in an intricate pattern to create a single cord.
Over the centuries, Kumihimo became more elaborate and silk-dyeing techniques advanced, ushering in a golden age. Styles and techniques emerged to meet the needs of the powerful warrior classes — 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 evolved into cultural status, and was adopted into women's attire. Even today, Kumihimo continues to be used in contemporary arts and culture.
Yoshi uses Kumihimo with a diverse range of materials like semi-precious gemstone, metal and artisan blown glass beads, and antique African trade beads. She also uses hand crafted wood, bone, and shell with her Kumihimo braiding.