Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese braiding technique that involves the use of a special loom or braiding disk called a "marudai" or a "takadai". The technique involves weaving together multiple strands of thread, yarn, or cord to create a braided rope or cord that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as jewelry, decorative trimmings, and straps. A variety of materials can be used, including silk, cotton, wool, and synthetic fibers. The braids can be simple or complex, depending on the number of strands used and the pattern of the weave.
Kumihimo braiding has a long history in Japan, where it was used to create cords for samurai armor and other traditional garments.