The stand-alone ayatakedai (eye-yuh-talk-eh-dye) makes warp-twined bands much like tabletwoven bands. The threads that are held on the hane (Japanese for 'feathers', the pieces of wood protruding from the front) twist around each other to make cords, a separate double weft holds the twisted cords together to create the textile. The ayatakedai holds 10 hane so that bands can be made using up to 60 tama with the two-tiered feathers which come included, and up to 80 tama with three-tiered feathers, which can be ordered separately.
One hundred-gram tama are traditionally used with the ayatakedai, but if you already have some tama on hand you might want to start with those to see how you like the resulting band. Our ayatakedai comes with its own sword which is longer than that used for the takadai. If you already own a BraidersHand takadai, you can add an ayatakedai unit to the front of your takadai, in which case it is called an ayatakadai.
Our ayatakedai is made so that the weaver sits in a chair. (It can also be made in Japanese kneeling style, please contact us.)
As with all of our products, the ayatakedai uses a fastener system that was originally developed for conference booths because they were reassembled so often. Our ayatakedai can also be assembled and disassembled thousands of times without worry that there will be any failure of the bolt and dowel pin assembly.
Made in USA by BraidersHand. The waiting list for ayatakedai is approximately 18 months.