Iga Kumihimo: Hands-on Cord Braiding Experience

The art of Iga Kumihimo (braided strings) originated long ago, and is said to date back to before the Nara period. It was made for Buddhist alter equipment such as scripture scrolls and keko flower baskets, Shinto ritual equipment, cords for armors and swords of samurai warriors, and so on. However, its full-scale development as a local industry of Iga was in the mid-Meiji period, when Tokusaburo Hirosawa mastered the braiding techniques of Edo and established his business in Ueno City.
Using mainly silk thread, as well as other threads including metal threads for braiding, delicate and beautiful Kumihimo cords are produced on traditional braiding stands, types of which include kodai (tall stands), marudai (round stands), kakudai (square stands), and ayadakedai (lease rod stands). With Iga Kumihimo, in particular, high-grade hand-braided cords made on kodai account for the majority of the country’s production, and in 1976, it was designated by the Minister of the International Trade and Industry as a traditional handicraft.
With this hands-on program, you can experience the Iga Kumihimo by making a keychain or a bracelet with guidance from the instructors. Using gold thread and thread made from 100% silk, you will use a braiding stand called “marudai”. Although the time it takes to complete may vary from person to person, every single work you made will be one of a kind in the world.

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Website http://www.kumihimo.or.jp/kuminosato/doujou/index.html
Highlight Experience the traditional handicraft "Iga Kumihimo"
Experience content Make a keychain or a bracelet with guidance from the instructors.
Tour style Guided
Price 1,100 yen
Payment Method Cash
Acceptable number / Program Individuals: 7 peopleGroups: 50 people
Publication time Opening Hours From 9:00 to 17:00
Time required for Stay , Exprerience Approx. 20 to 30 minutes for individuals, approx. 60 minutes for groups
Closed Every Monday except for holidays, year-end and New Year
Parking Lot Standard cars / 6 spaces
Merchandise Availability / Food Availability Sales of Kumihimo crafting goods (food and drinks not available)
Receiving target Individuals Groups Observation and training groups Schools * Open to members of the industry
Wi-fi No
Barrier free correspondence Yes (the 2nd floor can only be reached by stairs)
Reservation(Need / No Needed) Advance reservations for groups (up to 50 people) by phone, fax, or Email
Reservation window TEL: +81-595-23-8038 FAX: +81-595-24-1015 Email: info@kumihimo.or.jp
Traffic access From Uenoshi Station
Postal code 518-0873
Contact address Ueno Marunouchi 116-2, Ueno, Iga City, Mie Prefecture
Contact information TEL:+81-595-23-8038 FAX:+81-595-24-1015 Mail:info@kumihimo.or.jp
Official website http://kumihimo.or.jp/index.html