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Nimai Kourai Gumi book and software

Kumihimo: Nimai Kôrai Gumi, A step-by-step guide to mastering pick-up braids on the Taka-dai.

This book covers a brief history of Kumihimo, describes several of the looms, then focuses on a specific type of braid made on the Taka-dai loom: the pick-up braids ‘Nimai Kôrai Gumi’.
The author’s step-by-step instructions and exercises have been developed to make pick-up braids accessible to beginner braiders. The double layer braid structure is clearly illustrated with graphics and links to videos (with QR codes to scan).

An interactive web application is provided with this book, to guide the reader through the design and execution of a pattern row by row.

The book serves as a license to use the application. All exercises in the book are available in the app.
New features and fixes will be applied automatically.

60 color pages book + software: 40€
Shipping/handling with tracking to France: 5,5€
Shipping/handling with tracking Worldwide: 11€

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Kumihimo Equipment

Tamas and Marudais, handmade in France, prices direct from the artisan.

Available in beech, maple and wild cherry. Maple and cherry are smoother than beech, ideal for fine silk. Cherry has a nice honey shade.

  • 70g beech (left): 6.60€
  • 70g maple or wild cherry (right): 6.70€
  • 80g beech: 6.95€
  • 80g maple or while cherry: 7.05€
  • 85g beech: 7.05€
  • 85 maple or wild cherry: 7.15€
  • 100g beech: 7.40€
  • 100g maple or wild cherry: 7.50€
  • 110g beech: 7.65€
  • 110g maple or wild cherry: 7.75€
  • other weights available on custom order
  • Marudai, height: 68 cm, Diameter: 26cm
  • Beech: 88€
  • Maple: 98€
  • Wild Cherry: 108€
  • Other dimensions or extra set of legs upon request
  • Legs can be separated for easy travel


Kumihimo: Obi Serie

Silk Kumihimo, fabric, on a wooden frame.
Sakura on Mount Fuji
Sakura on Mount Fuji (37x37cm) 200€
Chrysanthemum (37x32cm) 200€
Pine Sunset
Pine Sunset (37x32cm) 190€
Blue Spring
Blue Spring (37x29cm) reserved
Earth Bound
Earth Bound (37x32cm) 190€
Bee Hive
Bee Hive (37x31cm) 190€
Forest (37x32cm) 200€
Fans (37x32cm) 190€
Purple Haze
Purple Haze (37x32cm) 190€
Garden Pond
Garden Pond (37x32cm) 160€


Challenge (∅30cm) 500€
Night and Day
Night and Day (day side) (∅20cm) 340€
Night and Day
Night and Day (night side) (∅20cm) 340€
Rose Garden
Rose Garden (∅15cm) 125€
Flower Bed
Flower Bed (∅15cm) 125€
Criss Cross I
Criss Cross I (∅10cm) 80€
Criss Cross II
Criss Cross II (∅10cm) 80€
Woven (∅10cm) 75€
Roses and Stars
Roses and Stars (∅10cm) 75€
Snow Queen
Snow Queen (∅10cm) 75€

Kai no Kuchi

Delicate Japanese clam boxes, hand sewn. Open by lightly pressing the corners.

Kai no Kuchi

The boxes come in 2 sizes:

Kai no Kuchi Kai no Kuchi Kai no Kuchi sizes

and a choice of 11 fabrics:

Kai no Kuchi fabric