クテ打ち技法による法隆寺幡垂飾模作 Horyuji Bansuishoku using Kute technique








The original Bansuishokus of Horyuji temple are kept at Sannomaru Shozokan Museum in Tokyo.  They are made of hard twist silk yarn, and measure 5.5 cm in width and the longest one is 135 cm long.  The both ends are decorated with V-shaped metal ornaments, giving the braids impressive look.

As I am not trained enough to deal with silk yarns, I used cotton knitting yarns.  The finished works are 4.5 cm wide and the red one is 84 cm and the white one is 90 cm long.  I started braiding from the middle in length towards the ends using 56 Kutes.  As a solo braider, 90 cm is the longest I can manage. 

I used "Study of Archaic Braiding Techniques in Japan" pp. 108-110 by Masako Kinoshita as reference.

It was not easy to handle 56 Kutes.  I hand-made a set of resting arms so that a half of the 56 Kutes could rest while I braid the other half, which helped me a lot.

After a lot of struggle, challenge, and importantly a lot of advice from my seniors, I somehow managed to finish the two braids.

The Horyuji originals are the red version only, but because I decided to submit my work to the exhibition of Japan Kumihimo Society, I added the white version.  They have rewarded me with the second best prize.  I am deeply moved and thankful to everyone who helped me.


真田紐の持ち手 Bag with Sanadahimo handles


Speaking of a bag with Sanadahimo handles, I made a bag last June.  The body is made of Hakata-obi material and the bottom part is made of a material which I bought at a curtain shop.  They had a pile of odd size curtain materials for 100 yen each.  This one is a block-out drape.  The handles are Sanadahimo.  Sanadahimo alone were good enough, but I backed them up with the block-out drape material.


真田紐で母とコラボ Sanadahimo for Mother's bag







My mother said she would make a bag with an obi material.  So I made a Sanadahimo belt to match her rose color bag.  Sanadahimo is strong and ideal for a bag belt.  The traditional way is to insert the weft one way, but I learned to do so from both sides, which is easier for me as a beginner because I can tighten the warp threads by pulling the two wefts with both hands.  But I am also interested in doing it one way.