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Comprehensive Treatise of Braids VI: Kumihimo Disk and Plate by Makiko Tada, creator of the hand held disk and plate and she shows us how to use these tools to make Japanese and Andean braids as well as new types of braids that she has designed. The book has excellent photos and graphics to make over 30 braids and instruction on how to turn them into sculptural necklaces and brooches. On the cover you can see braids within braids, flat spirals, use of beads and braids that curve and zigzag.
The karakumidai is used for making twined braids constructed of diamond shapes. The braid was developed during the Heian period (794 to 1192) and marked the creation of the first truly Japanese braids rather than reproductions of Chinese and Korean techniques that had been seen up to that time. A sash called hirao were made for imperial formal court occasions and ceremonial Bugaku and Shinto dance costumes, still seen today. The braids are very complicated to make.