Kumihimo Braided Cord Necklace with Silver Heart
Kumihimo Braided Cord Necklace with Silver Heart
Japanese braiding known as Kumihimo is fascinating and extremely enjoyable to create. This multicolored braid of gray, black, silver and golden tan is very comfortable to wear. The cord that is created spiral around it self which develops into interesting patterns of color and texture. The braiding process creates a hollow core cord. The end caps and toggle clasp is shiny silver plated metal. They are clean and simple lines that accentuate the patterns and colors of the cord. The attached heart charm is filled with a flowing bow enhanced with an elegant daisy. The images on the heart are brought to life by an antiquing process. It free flows on the cord by being attached to a bail that matches the end caps. A fun necklace to wear for any casual or every day event.
Necklace: approximately 22.5 inches
Heart Charm: approximately 1 inch x 1 inch
Charm Dangle from Cord: approximately 1.5 inches
WEIGHT: 0.70 Ounces
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WHAT IS KUMIHIMO? As defined on Kumihimo.com
Kumihimo is a braiding technique that is used in the making of long decorative strands. These cords are used in a variety of decorative ways. Some people wear them as bracelets or necklaces. Others use them as functional laces or simply let them swing free. Basic strands are made by looping thread through the fingers in a repetitive manner. Ancient samurai warriors used to decorate their armor and sometimes hold it together using Kumihimo cords. Kumihimo is a fun and colorful part of Japanese heritage.
The first Kumihimo were made entirely by hand. These cords were strong but very visually simple. To meet high commercial demand for unique cords, Kumihimo techniques evolved to a degree that necessitated the use of large wooden stands that resembled the looms used to weave cloth. These stands sped up the process of making thick, colorful strands. Kumihimo became an integral part of traditional Japanese dress.
These days, simple Kumihimo braids are made by affixing thread of different colors to different points around a disk that is made expressly for this purpose. Complex cords can be made using up to 24 different pieces of thread. There is no right way to make Kumihimo. Each cord is comprised of threads of varying colors and thicknesses. Some look like uniform braids and others look like series of well-placed knots. Some people have turned their Kumihimo hobbies into luxury fashion trades. They make their cords out of strands of silk and other expensive materials.
The literal meaning of the word Kumihimo is "come together." The name suits the braids, which are painstakingly connected by their makers. Designs do not appear in Kumihimo by chance. Expert braiders have learned how to place their pieces of thread around their tools to create the patterns they desire. With experience, Kumihimo enthusiasts develop braiding techniques that are so complex as to border on engineering. They swap colors and thicknesses around in the midst of making single cords to deliberately disrupt their carefully planned patterns.
BRAID as defined on Definitions.net
A braid is a complex structure or pattern formed by intertwining three or more strands of flexible material such as textile fibres, wire, or human hair. Compared to the process of weaving a wide sheet of cloth from two separate, perpendicular groups of strands, a braid is usually long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through the overlapping mass of the others. The simplest possible braid is a flat, solid, three-strand structure in some countries/cases called a plait. More complex braids can be constructed from an arbitrary number of strands to create a wider range of structures: wider ribbon-like bands, hollow or solid cylindrical cords, or broad mats which resemble a rudimentary perpendicular weave. Braids are commonly used to make rope, decorative objects, and hairstyles. Complex braids have been used to create hanging fibre artworks. Braiding is also used to prepare horses' manes and tails for showing, polo and polocrosse.
SILVER PLATE as defined on Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Definition: silover-plate [sil-ver-pleyt] Show IPA verb (used with object), silover-platoed, silover-platoing. to coat (base metal) with silver, especially by electroplating.
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Great shipping, great packaging. I just thought the necklace was going to be more browns and greens and darker. It is a pretty necklace but not what I was expecting from the picture.