23 09, 2019

About the Glossary

By |2021-07-23T16:25:01+00:00September 23, 2019|

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26 07, 2021

Anda Gumi

By |2021-07-31T00:13:12+00:00July 26, 2021|

Anda Gumi is perhaps, the simplest braid for the Takadai, and typically the first braid students learn on a Takadai.  The literal translation is Easy [...]

1 01, 2021

Baby Takadai

By |2021-07-31T00:13:34+00:00January 1, 2021|

  The Baby Takadai was developed in the US based on a Japanese design. It is small, portable version of the floor size Takadai. The [...]

11 11, 2019

Biron (bee-ron)

By |2019-11-11T03:07:17+00:00November 11, 2019|

Biron is a synthetic thread from Japan that mimics silk. It is also less expensive than silk. Imposter is a similar thread also from Japan.

30 10, 2019


By |2021-07-30T21:43:19+00:00October 30, 2019|

The term, bobbin, is often used interchangeable with tama.  However, tama refer to a very specific type of bobbin, while bobbin can encompass a variety [...]

11 09, 2020


By |2021-07-23T16:27:20+00:00September 11, 2020|

A braid (sometimes called a plait) is a three-dimensional structure created by interlacing a minimum of three strands of flexible materials such as yarns, wire, [...]

11 09, 2020

Core Stand

By |2021-07-23T16:29:11+00:00September 11, 2020|

SONY DSC A device used to allow the use of a core in a braid. Core braiding originated with Andean braids which are [...]

26 01, 2019

Disk (Disc)

By |2021-07-23T16:40:53+00:00January 26, 2019|

  The original foam kumihimo disk, round in shape, was designed by Makiko Tada and made in Japan by the Hamanaka company. Today, disks are [...]

22 02, 2020


By |2021-07-23T16:45:17+00:00February 22, 2020|

Also called slip knot or the slipping hitch. The half-hitch is the knot used to hold the threads on the Tama while braiding.  The benefit [...]

2 08, 2018

Hira-dama (hee-ra-da-ma)

By |2018-08-02T16:38:33+00:00August 2, 2018|

Braids made on the Karakumidai use special silk threads wound on bobbins called hira-dama. These are very lightweight tama (roughly 5gr to 8gr) traditionally made [...]

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