This site is the work of a part-time braider and researcher of kumihimo (Japanese braiding) who likes to share her enthusiasm for kumihimo, obijime and kimono with just about anybody who is prepared to stop and listen! I hope it will be of use to those interested in learning Japanese braiding and possibly even to those with more experience, as my site will be mainly written in English and include some information from my Japanese books and training. I started kumihimo at the Naganuma Shizu Gakuin kimono college in Shibuya, Tokyo in 1993 alongside my kimono stidues, continued in Osaka from 2000 and, after moving to England in 2005, have more recently studied takadai and ayatakedai braids with Jennie Parry and Makiko Tada.

I teach kumihimo in Nottingham, mostly on the marudai, and also do demonstrations and talks using the kakudai, ayatakedai and takadai as well as on Japanese culture and, of course, my first love - kimono. Please see the 'classes/supplies' page or contact me for details.

This site is being built bit by bit, with minimal website experience and in between looking after two small children/an allotment/voluntary work/other hobbies (no, I don't get much housework done!), so it's a slow journey but please come back every now and then to see what's been added. I plan to increase the number of patterns/instructions on here one day since there seem to be very few online. Mostly marudai patterns to start with since that is what most English-speakers use. 

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