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Kumihimo is the Japanese name for the art of cord-making via braiding. Of course, braiding is no more an exclusively Japanese art than is paper folding, but it serves as a convenient term to distinguish the craft from what I do with my hair. 8)


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I plan to do some knotting with Kumihimo braids, but am in the midst of sampling braids to determine the optimal patterns for the effects I want to achieve.

Bibliography

Kumihimo: Japanese Silk Braiding Techniques
Catherine Martin
Published by Lark Books
50 College Street, Asheville, NC, 28801
USA, 1986 ISBN 0-937274-59-3
A small book consisting exclusively of 16 bobbin designs. Very traditional (Japanese) describing only Maru Dai techniques.
Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and Beyond
Roderick Owen
Published by Interweave Press, Inc
201 East Fourth Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537
or
Cassell, Villiers House, 41/47 Strand, London WC2N 5JE
UK, 1995
ISBN 1-883010-06-3
A nice book with instructions for 4 to 31 strand braids. Information on how to use a Maru Dai or just a simple card are given.

Hair Braiding

Beautiful Braids: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide
Hair Designer: Mary Beth Janssen-Fleischman
Contributing Writer: Judy Rambert
Published by Publications International, Ltd.
7373 North Cicero Avenue, Lincolnwood, Illinois 60646
USA, 1990
ISBN 0-88176-925-8
The book starts out really basic and works up to the "two-strand overlap".
All New Beautiful Braids: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide
Hair Designer: Mary Beth Janssen-Fleischman
Contributing Writer: Judy Rambert
Published by Publications International, Ltd.
7373 North Cicero Avenue, Lincolnwood, Illinois 60646
USA, 1992
ISBN 1-56173-231-1
A bit fancier than it's prequel, but the most interesting designs are not braids at all, but twists.

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The Art of Japanese Braiding
Speiser, Noemi

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