From Channel J:
of Tradition in Kyoto
(Narration in English, English subtitles. Silk preparation, marudai, kakudai; beautiful braids.)
YouTube Videos… some of these don't appear when you search for "kumihimo"
Takadai, double-faced braid. Japanese, no narration. Amazing technique!
Kikko braid, Hiroyuki Kondou (Katsushika Master Craftsman). Japanese, no narration.
More amazing technique!
Janis Saunders, USA, no narration. Good careful technique.
Marudai master, 24-strand braid. Japanese, no subtitles.
Vol. 1 of 2
Vol. 2 of 2
Series of 3 videos; silk prep, kakudai, marudai, ayatakedai, takadai, and braids; Japanese.
Vol. 1 of 3
Vol. 2 of 3
Vol. 3 of 3
Series of 5 videos (numbered 1-4 and 6… no #5); silk prep, kakudai, marudai,
takadai, and braids; Japanese.
Video slide show
of completed braids and other kumihimo articles, pictures of the marudai, ayatakedai,
takadai. A few English titles, no sound.
Yahoo! Kumihimo Discussion Groups
Kumi2: You can see the discussions
without becoming a member, but group membership is required to see the photos and the
files. US-based, international participation.
Braids and Bands:
a discussion group run by The Braid Society (see below for information about the
society). Covers all "narrow ware" techniques, not just kumihimo. Discussion group
membership required to view, but society membership is not. UK-based, international
Birds of a Feather
The Braid Society (www.braidsociety.com):
A group with international membership. Its focus is the study of all forms of narrow
wares, including, but not limited to kumihimo. Braids and Bands Yahoo! discussion
group, UK-based events, quarterly newsletters, yearly "Strands" publication.
Membership is a good way to increase your knowledge and broaden your horizons!
BraidersHand, Coupeville, WA, USA
www.braidershand.com. Be sure to visit the
tips page as you explore the site.
Good Internet Resources for Information
www.weavershand.com. Look at the galleries,
follow the links.
Carol Franklin's site. Lots of good information. If you're a new marudai braider,
look in PROJECTS for videos on attaching tama and making the slipping hitch.
The braid-making process
-- a web page with some videos, too. Web page in English.
Yayoi Miura's Takadai Kourai-gumi braids.
Lots of designs.
Craft Design Online -
Interactive Kongoh color layout designer. Check out the Marudai Painter, too. This site is evolving,
so keep watching it for new things.
Kumihimo climbing rope
A "thinking out of the box" project.