|Kumihimo is the Japanese art of braiding
thread into cords or lacing for armor. There are four (4) types of
looms used for kumihimo, the Maru-dai, the Kaku-dai, the Taka-dai, and
the Ayatake-dai. The Maru-dai was typically used to make round,
square, flat, trapezoidal, or rectangular braid. The rectangular
and round braid being used to lace armor. The Kaku-dai was
typically used for making square braid. The Taka-dai was typically
used to make flat braid that was either one layer thick or two layers
thick. And the Ayatake-dai was primarily used to make flat braid.
The individual looms, and how they are used, will be discussed in the
following pages, since there is an immense amount of information about
all of them.