Beads Obi jime cord

There are two types of Obi-jime cords, “Maru guke (cotton-core cord, 丸ぐけ)” and “Kumi himo (braid, 組紐)”. Recently, most of the Obi-jime cords are “Kumi himo” type. Kumi himo has three styles, “Maru-kumi (round braid, 丸組)”, “Kaku-kumi (Squared braid, 角組)”, and “Hira-kumi (blat braid, 平組)”.

This time I would like to introduce a Maru-kumi which is made by beads. We call them as “beads Obi-jime”.

One of my students gave me a beads Obi-jime made by her hands, when she went back to Japan. I am ashamed to admit that I have never seen beads Obi-jime before. When I saw it for the first time, I was surprised. How beautiful it was! Unfortunately, we cannot clearly see its fine and beautiful gradation on the following picture.

The student told me that beads Obi-jime cords can last for about 10 years. She showed me how to make it. Same as Kumi-himo, she uses a thickish cord like lacemaking and crochet with a hook. This technique will avoid the beads to fall off. Seeing her technique, I believe that handmade beads Obi-jime cord can be used for more than 10 years.

Beads Obi-jime cords are good for summer season, but recently I hear that we can use them in all seasons because of the air conditioner. I think that this Obi-jime cord will be especially suitable for a summer kimono and obi, which is usually called as “Ro”. Last week, I went out with her beads Obi-jime cord.
I was very pleased to receive a nice present from her. The handmade present looked very special for me. I love it! I will take good care of it.


Blogger Bebe Taian said...

So beautiful!

I have seen beaded kumihimo here in the South for a long time, but most Americans do not make obijime. Instead, they usually make bracelets using kumihimo technique. Although I have no problem taking the hours to make strong marukumi out of something like cottons or silks, I have no skill at beaded things. You are so lucky to have a beaded obijime! Especially such a beautifully hand-made one!

August 8, 2011 at 7:40 PM  

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