京くみひも Kyo braided cords
Kyo Kumihimo (Kyoto-style braided cords) are made in the cities of Kyoto and Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. Since the Heian period (794-1192), Kyo Kumihimo have been found on prestigious or sacred articles, such as those seen on Buddhist and Shinto altar fittings; they were also typically used as ornamental accessories by members of the Imperial family, aristocrats, and high ranking personages. It was natural for Kyo Kumihimo production to center close to the seat of power and the court in the capital city Kyoto. Kyo Kumihimo are distinguished by their exquisite intricate braid patterns and knots and the soft elegant sheen of the silk threads.
For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.