Kumihimo: From Defense to Decoration

  • 08 Jan 2022
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Downtown Art Center, Performance Room, 1041 Nuuanu Ave., Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96817

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Join us for, Kumihimo: From Defense to Decoration, with Rosalie Neilson

A free presentation open to the public. Register Now through January 5, 2022.


This slide lecture presents 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.


Rosalie Neilson uses color and geometric design in her weaving and kumihimo braiding. As a designer and teacher, she publishes regularly in weaving and braiding journals and maintains an active teaching schedule throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Her published works include "The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi," "The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi," "Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots—CoilsZags—Lines," and "An Exaltation of Blocks." In addition she is featured in a 2-hour rep weave video by Interweave Press (now owned by Long Thread Media). www.rosalieneilson.com


MAP Downtown Art Center - Parking in building, Chinatown Gateway Garage, enter on Bethel Street: Weekend rate is $.50 for 30 minutes, maximum fee of $3.00.

For more information please contact: kamuelaweaver@gmail.com

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