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This item sold on December 25, 2012.

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Add a bit of Asian flair with a modern twist to your hairstyle. Simply twist a portion of your hair into a simple bun, hold in place with the knotted barrette and slide the hairstick through for a simple style that will stay out of your way while adding a bit of style to any outfit.

The kumihimo hairstick barrette was made by braiding 48 strands of cotton crochet thread into a long cord that was then tied into a prosperity knot in order to hold the hairstick in place. The finished knot measures 2 1/2 inches and the hairstick itself is 6 inches.

This may be made in many different colors, but please convo me with special orders to be sure the colors I have suit your needs. Please allow extra time on any special requests. I will give you an estimated completion time before you order.

About Kumihimo:

Kumihimo is roughly translated as "the gathering of threads" and is the traditional Japanese art of braiding. It was once used in the armor of the samurai which contained many iron plates bound together by braided cord. 280 to300 yards of braid were required for a single suit of armor and the braids were so strong, they required an excellent swordsman with a sharp sword to slice through.

With the decline of the samurai, the demand for braided cord lessened, but kumihimo artists found new opportunities in the elegant obijime used to tie the sash on the kimono which was quickly coming into style as well as in in braids used for religious ceremonies, clothing and art.

There are still schools where kumihimo is taught, and it is beginning to make its way into the Western world through jewelry making and other arts.

Kumihimo hairstick barrette

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cotton, wood
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  • Ships worldwide from United States
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