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Kumihimo Friendship Bracelet Kit

Regular price $14.95 USD
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Our store staff had a blast making friendship bracelets with this kit! Once you get the hang of the method, it's easy to crank out colorful bracelets -- and hard to stop!

Includes printed instructions for 5 different bracelet patterns, plus a link to a video tutorial. This classic nostalgic craft kit is ideal for children and adults alike and includes plenty of materials to make matching friendship bracelets for all your friends and family.

What's in the kit?
- 1 x Foam Kumihimo cord maker
- Enough embroidery floss (in a range of beautiful colors) to make at least 8 bracelets
- Illustrated instruction leaflet
- Link to an online video tutorial

What is Kumihimo?

Kumihimo is the traditional Japanese technique of braiding strands of silk to create intricately colored cords. The cords, also called kumihimo, are strong but slender, and have a multitude of uses. Samurai once used kumihimo as laces for their armor. The traditional belt of the kimono, the obi, was once bound by a cord of kumihimo called an obijime. It is an art both culturally significant and beautiful.

In Japanese, the word kumihimo means to gather or combine cord or thread. As the ornately jewel-like ropes suggest, modern kumihimo can involve many strands. At first, the process was done entirely by hand without the help of any sort of tool. These earliest kumihimo are generally monochromatic or at least very limited in color. Later, weavers developed tools that could accomplish more complicated patterns, permitting makers to include more colors.