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History of KU.MI.HI.MO, the Asian Art of Cord Braiding


In the early 8th century, kumihimo came to Japan with Buddhist ceremonial use.  The cording, originally silk, was made in many variations.  Kumihimo’s inconspicuous presence, yet ultimate utility, satisfied the natural flow of this creative art.  From the 10th through the 16th centuries, it functioned as laces for the armor plates of Samurai warriors and as a way to attach their swords as side arms.   Later, in times of peace, kumihimo was adopted into the women’s attire.

Today, this adaptable art continues to be used in contemporary culture.  However, the spiritual origins of the art can still be found, as the process of handcrafting kumihimo brings a meditative, rhythmic peacefulness to the mind and body.




KU.MI.HI.MO Jewelry by Yoshi


Through many hours, I have handcrafted each of these necklaces using a wide range of materials collected over a lifetime.  Notice the artistic blending of old with new and natural with man-made beads.  I have inventively braided them throughout durable KU.MI.HI.MO cording to make my one-of-a-kind creations.  Each necklace begins with a handmade loop and ends with a coordinating stone or bead to create a closure of function and design.  These necklaces intertwine nature, culture, and art into an adornment of timeless appeal.


Kumihimo jewelry is both durable and washable.  Just hand wash in a solution of mild, soapy water.  Rinse.  Shape and lay on a towel to air dry.


Prices reflect the rarity and value of materials used.


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