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Garnet & Auger Shell Pendant Kumihimo Necklace
Garnet & Auger Shell Pendant Kumihimo Necklace
This huge garnet and Auger are set in sterling silver, and surrounded by complimentary colored size 8/0 seed beads.

Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads". This techinique as seen here, uses seed beads and fiber. Kumihimo cord was first created by a form of finger-loop braiding. Later tools such as the marudai and the takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. The most prominent historical use of the cords was by samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their lamellar armour and their horses' armor (barding). Kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and obijimes, which are used for tying on an obi (kimono sash).

Thank you, Wikipedia, for a reasonably concise description of Kumihimo. They failed to mention that it is somewhat addicting in its simplicity and hypnotic rhythm.

This necklace measures 17 1/4"  from end to end.
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Price: $42.00

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