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A Hot Topic Even in Your Name.! Trying the Traditional Handicraft Kyo-Kumihimo!

Having appeared in the hit animated film “Kimi no Na Wa.” (Your Name.), “kumihimo” (braiding) has been basking in the spotlight these days. And “Adachi Kumihimo-kan” (Adachi Kumihimo Gallery), located in Kyoto’s Marutamachi, is the place to go to experience braiding with your own hands. This shop offers seven courses, including the braiding of bracelets and hair accessories. So, I went there and availed of the “Kumihimo Taiken” (Braiding Experience), where I learned how to make beautiful braids and cords over such a short period of time just by rhythmically crossing four colored threads!

You can create a beautiful kumihimo in a short period of time by properly interlacing four colored threads in this kumihimo-making experience!


Lift the balls of thread and then cross the threads from the back to the front for about 20 minutes. A braid about 30cm long will be created in the middle of the “marudai” (round frame).

Try to make a two-layer bracelet!

Pick the combination of threads you want from the samples. There are about 20 kinds of bracelets to choose from.


<1> Pick the combination of threads you want from the samples. There are about 20 kinds of bracelets to choose from.

The teacher will set the balls of thread on the round frame and demonstrate how to make the bracelet while explaining how to move your hands and other matters.


<2>The teacher will set the balls of thread on the round frame and demonstrate how to make the bracelet while explaining how to move your hands and other matters.

Hold the thread gently with your fingers and then cross them diagonally.


<3>Now, here’s the challenge. Hold the thread gently with your fingers and then cross them diagonally.

Make sure that the bundle of yard is always flat. If it is twisted, the braid will be crooked.


<4>Make sure that the bundle of yard is always flat. If it is twisted, the braid will be crooked.

If you use up the thread in the ball, then you’re done! You can now see the cord you have made at the center of the round frame.


<5> If you use up the thread in the ball, then you’re done! You can now see the cord you have made at the center of the round frame.

The double-layer bracelet is now complete. If you will make a single-layer bracelet, then use a thicker cord (2,160 JPY apiece). You can choose from three bracelet (wrist) lengths.


The double-layer bracelet is now complete. If you will make a single-layer bracelet, then use a thicker cord (2,160 JPY apiece). You can choose from three bracelet (wrist) lengths.

This is Adachi Kumihimo-kan in Maruta Town in Kyoto. The second floor of the building is the hands-on workshop.


This is Adachi Kumihimo-kan in Maruta Town in Kyoto. The second floor of the building is the hands-on workshop.

<Workshop Details>

Price: Kumihimo Experience – 2,160 JPY each for bracelet, strap and earphone jack, and 2,700 JPY for hair accessories Workshop time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (last admission) Required time: About 60 minutes Reservation: Required (by phone or fax) )※At least 2 days in advance No. of participants: At least one person (upon request)

Adachi Kumihimo Gallery

390 Nakademizu-cho, Karasuma Nishiiru, Demizu-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

【Posted in Walkerplus on 2017.03.15】

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