The stand-alone ayatakedai (eye-yuh-talk-eh-dye) makes warp-twined bands much like tabletwoven bands. 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. They have a separate double weft that is perpendicular to the warp. Our ayatakedai is made so that the weaver sits in a chair. (It can also be made in Japanese kneeling style, please contact us.) The ayatakedai holds 10 hane (Japanese for 'feathers', the pieces of wood protruding from the front) so that bands can be made using up to 60 tama with 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. Our ayatakedai comes with its own sword which is longer than that used for the takadai. 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.