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Betty Burian Kirk

Kumi Himo & Tassels

Lecture and Demonstration

Kumi Himo - The Art of Japanese Braiding An Historic overview of how braiding was brought to Japan and the connection to the Samurai. Various techniques will be covered. An abundance of samples will be displayed. A demonstration of how braiding is done on the maru dai will be given.

Tassels A true art form, the tassel has little if no practical function, yet it is found in most cultures at various times through history. Different types of tassels will be discussed and on display. Meanings of tassels in various parts of the world will be examined. A demonstration on how to make a basic tassel will be given.


Basic Kumi Himo Kumi himo is the art of Japanese braiding. Learn how to make several basic braids on a maru dai with 8 bobbins. Example of many braids will  be presented as well as applications of braids. Participants can easily make their maru dai, or purchase one before the workshop. See photos

Beads and Kumi Himo Learn how to add some sparkle to your kumi himo! These braids can serve as a lariat, hat band, rope belt, purse strap or stand alone as a necklace. Participants must know how to wind a warp and set up a maru dai. Directions will be given in advance for students to bring warps that have beads.

Tassels Making tassels can be easy and fun. Little equipment is needed and the results are anywhere from fanciful to elegant.

Tassels & Beads Enrich an elegant tassel with beads or make a tassel out of beads! Various size beads are used to create unique works of art.

Lectures and workshops can be created or tailored to an organizations needs at request if sufficient time is available.

If you are interested in having Betty Burian Kirk present any of these classes to your organization, please contact her at Betty@bbkirk.com  List what topic you are interested in and dates for scheduling.