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A little history about the weaving technique I use is below. Instead of silk strands, I use strands of beads interlaced with semi-precious gemstones, pearls, and crystals. Not too practical on armor perhaps, but certainly stunning on a woman's neck.
It is thought that Kumihimo as we know it today developed in the Nara period (645-784 A.D.). During this era, China had a great influence on the arts in Japan and introduced it to Buddhism. The most prominent historical use of kumihimo was by samurai, as a functional and decorative way to lace their lamellar armour and their horses' armor (barding). Kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and as obijime, used to hold some obi knots in place or to decorate the obi when wearing kimono.