Kumihimo – Hasadera historic temple braid
July 11, 2009
A double-layer taka-dai braid as part of a series of investigations of historic temple braids, done some years ago: Complex Weavers Taka-dai Study Group (www.complex-weavers.org) Swap number 10, 2007.
Adapted from loop manipulation (by Masako Kinoshita?) to taka-dai nimai-kourai-gumi/double-weave twill pickups. Little or no beating required. Beating will cause the twill and surface design to ‘bunch up’ unacceptably. Braid structures lose a bit in the translation from one loom to another; handle suffers when Saidaiji moves from loop manipulation/dai-marudai-dai to takadai and Hasadera loses part of its characteristic surface design when done on taka-dai. The original has 25 plain stitches between each pattern; I have used fewer between each pattern to fit two repeats in the six-inch sample required for the Swap. In assessing the photo of the braid in the Carey book, I am not sure if the loop braider has used colours close to the original or not. Kinoshita uses copper brown and orange-gold. Hasa-dera (lit. Hasa Temple) is a temple of some significance in the city of Kamakura, close by Tokyo. I cannot say with any certainy where the braid is located, whether in the Hasadera Temple Treasury or elsewhere. The surface design closely resembles the common traditional design (as use in mon crests on garmets, flags, lacqueware and metalwork) of paulownia flowers and leaves. The ayagaki graph and coding below follows the model of Makiko Tada.