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.

京都府京都市、宇治市周辺で作られている京くみひもは、平安時代から皇族や貴族など位の高い人々の装飾品として都の京都で発展しました。手作業で編み上げられた京くみひもは、絹糸の複雑かつ繊細な編み目と、実用性に優れた強度が特徴です。