RE: [SCA-JML] Re: Kumihimo ,colors, patterns
According to the Samurai Undressed, kumihimo does fall within our time
period. There is some sketchy evidence of it's existence as early as the
Jomon period. By the Kamakura period it was being used for armor lacing,
among other things. I believe one of it's uses in Heian times was to tie
kosode closed. The bigger question is what types (flat, round, square,
etc.) and colors are period?
Since it was used so much with armor, perhaps you can find more information
in books that discuss Japanese armor in detail.
From: starscrossing [mailto:kitsume@...]
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:03 PM
Subject: [SCA-JML] Re: Kumihimo ,colors, patterns
Lady of the Autumn River is correct in her statement that Lady Anne
of Walnut Grove is not on this list.
I've looked at (okay, attempted to steal, um, misappropriate) Lady
Anne's collection of Kumihimo books, I believe I remember at least
_Kumihimo: Japanese Silk Braiding Techniques_ and _Beginner's Guide
to Braiding: The Craft of Kumihimo_ in her collection as well as a
couple of books in Japanese. I remember her making the comment that
once you know how to do the Kumihimo, then the pattern direction
pictures are universal and you don't actually need to know how to
read Japanese to follow the Japanese books. She recommended I buy (or
borrow her copy of) _Beginner's Guide to Braiding: The Craft of
Kumihimo_ once I start down the knotted path.
My oft fault brain remembers reading that there was some question as
to whether at whether kimihimo is actually a "period craft" so there
may not be period color schemes and patterns. Even so, I'd lean
toward looking at the color schemes of the clothing and going from
there. For ideas, I'd look at the section about Heian colors in
Dalby's Kimono, Fashioning Culture.
And yes, Lady Anne is very patient. She has to put up with me as a
cousine. And I sometimes "forget" and put her books in my bookbag. ;)
Fujiwara no Kitsume
(PS. Lady of the Autumn River promised to send me information about
her bookseller this weekend. :poke poke: )
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