The BraidersHand version of the ayatakedai has two screws that hold the ayatakedai in place, making it very easy to convert the takadai into a ayatakadai. It comes with 10 two-tiered hane (hah-neh) Japanese for 'feathers' (the pieces of wood protruding from the front) hold up to 60 tama and attach to the front of the takadai or extended takadai. Our ayatakadai add-on comes with its own sword which is longer than that used for the takadai. One-hundred gram tama are traditionally used with the ayatakedai.
The original takadai/ayatakedai combination was developed by Aiko Sakai, Makiko Tada's mother. She coined the word ayatakadai (eye-yuh-talk-uh-dye) to describe this piece of equipment. The ayatakadai uses a fastener system that was originally developed for conference booths because they were reassembled so often. Our ayatakadai can be assembled and disassembled thousands of times without worry that there will be any failure of the bolt and dowel pin assembly.
Kumihimo, The Essence of Japanese Braiding by Aiko Sakai and Makiko Tada is an excellent introduction to the ayatakedai with basic instruction and patterns for 20 braids. For those who wish for more patterns, the advanced Ayatakedai Braids by Aiko Sakai and Makiko Tada has 58 patterns.