Kumihimo Silver Black Satin Cord Necklace Bracelet with Dangle Hearts
Kumihimo, Japanese braiding, is becoming one of the most admired fabric jewelry techniques of today's fashion. The example displayed in this listing is constructed using the 8 cord method resulting in the spiral pattern. The use of three colors and how they are layout on the braiding loom determines the final pattern. The necklace is accompanied by a matching bracelet. The necklace is adorned with a trio of matching plain hearts accented with a solid square with a heart encased in the center. The bracelet is decorated with a square and heart shaped charm attached chains which matche the necklace. All chains, charms and findings are silver-plated. Since the charms are attached to chain and housed on a slider ring on the cord, movement is one of the most attractive elements of this casual everyday jewelry set. The intent of wearing jewelry is to create an element of surprise and charm. This combo is the perfect choice to accomplish this concept.
Kumihimo Cord: approximately - 17.5"
Total Length of Dangle Charm: approximately - 2.25"
Kumihimo Cord: approximately - 8.5"
Total Length of Dangle Charm: approximately - 1.5"
What is Kumihimo?
Definition as of 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 other's 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.
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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.