Kumihimo (Coo-me-hee-moe) is a 1,000 year old Japanese technique of intricate braiding that can involve many strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads". Kumihimo cords are strong and have a multitude of uses. Samurai once used them as laces for their armor. The obi, the traditional kimono belt, is often bound by a cord of kumihimo called an obijime.
Kumihimo is an art both culturally significant and beautiful. Monks made kumihimo cords as a way to meditate. Finely made kumihimo cords were a status symbol. Today, kumihimo is used in formal tea or religious ceremonies, to create necklaces or bracelets, and to tighten and decorate obis.
The kumihimo cords (chains) we offer are braided using 8 strands of high quality TOHO glass seed beads and are made in the U.S. by The Jewelry Cube. They also make kumihimo necklaces and bracelets that go with our purses.
Upgrading to a kumihimo chain adds stylish elegance to an already beautiful piece of wearable art.