"Throughout the centuries, the adorning of women has played an important part in every culture. It is believed by some that a man who bestows honor to his woman by gifting her with jewelry will be blessed with an abundance of success."

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The History of Kumihimo

The History of Kumihimo
A major a major change in use came with the rise of the Samurai Warrior class which happened during the Kamakura (1185-1333 AD) and Muromachi (1333-1573 AD) periods. Samurai armour was made up of lacquered iron plates joined together with braids. As much as 250-300m (800-1,000ft) of braid was required for a single suit of armour and in addition kumihimo braids were used for binding on swords, horse armour and horse harnesses. The braids were produced in a wide variety of designs and widths, with interesting details and textures.