Today, the culture of Japan is one of the most popular cultures around the world. Their culture not only reflects the attitudes of present day, but also trace back to the past.
Kumihimo is the traditional technique that uses silk threads to braid intricate colorful cords. This technique began as early as in the Edo period. The traditional belt of the Kimono, the Obi, is bound by a cord of Kumihimo. Samurai also used Kumihimo as laces for their armors and swords. The way they utilized the Kumihimo for knotting was very complex and creative.
I was inspired by the interesting knotting elements that made ropes into the design of animals, insects and flowers. This Cicada Bracelet is one of my creations from Samurai Knots series.