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From Defense to Decoration: Japanese Kumihimo Braiding Topic for THSG Monthly Meeting

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Rosalie Neilson demonstrates kumihimo

Rosalie Neilson, an internationally known expert on and practitioner of the art of Japanese ornamental and defensive braiding, known as Kumihimo, is the featured speaker for the March monthly meeting of the Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild on Wednesday March 17 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The meeting and presentation will be online.

Ms. Neilson, who will also be teaching a two-day hands-on online workshop for the guild on an aspect of Kumihimo, will share her slide lecture on a history of Japan through the perspective of kumihimo or plaited silk cords. It traces the historical development of Japanese plaited cords from fossilized remains in grave mounds to the exotic Samurai era when silk cords were used to lace together the warrior’s armor. It also explores the current fashion trends using cords as obijime (an integral part of securing the obi and kimono) as well as decorative neckpieces. In addition to the slides taken in Japan and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there are also slides taken by a professional advertising photographer in Kyoto, documenting past fashions in kimono and obi. The samurai slides will include the recent exhibit of armor at the Portland Art Museum.

Memebrs will receive link via email; non-members request link by emailing [email protected]

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