Buying your first Marudai?

Marudai Height: Most braiders like to sit in a chair so they choose the 26" height. Some people like the Japanese style (16") so that they can set the marudai on a box or low table to stand while they braid, or, of course, sit in a chair. Many braiders buy both sets of legs so they can be ready for anything!

Mirror Size: Braiders usually choose the 10" mirror as it will hold up to 24 tama. Those people who want more room as they use more tama and those who know that they will want to use as many as 32 tama opt for the 12" mirror. More tama mean more detail in the braid.

Tama: Most people also start with either 8 or 16, which is the number of tama that most authors offer in their books.

Books: For new marudai braiders we suggest the following:

Jacqui Carey's book Japanese Braiding: The Art of Kumihimo is great for beginners, she offers several 8 tama braids with excellent photos. http://braidershand.com/japanese-braiding-the-art-of-kumihimo/

Jacqui Carey's book Japanese Braiding: The Art of Kumihimo is great for beginners, she offers several 8 tama braids with excellent photos. http://braidershand.com/japanese-braiding-the-art-of-kumihimo/
 
Rodrick Owen's book Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru, and Beyond is out of print but it is an excellent book that you can find online used bookstores, usually for less than $30. We keep this information on our website to make it easier for our customers to learn about the book. http://braidershand.com/braids-250-patterns-from-japan-peru-and-beyond/

We carry Rodrick's DVD on using the marudai, it is very good when you have no instructor nearby. http://braidershand.com/dvd-japanese-braiding-marudai/

If you haven't read our Shipping Conundrum, before you place your order, please do so you won't be alarmed by the high shipping rate.

http://braidershand.com/ordering-shipping/

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Video: Do take a look at Michael Hattori's videos, has he has three excellent videos on the marudai; how to tie on a leader, handling the traditional threads, and tama handling. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ygI3Gag5AMaxujFwBU7HQ

Michael Hattori has made three videos for the marudai. The first two listed here how to tie on a leader, which you could use on the disk if you want to be able to braid almost to the end of the threads and how you work with the traditional threads. He is showing this on the marudai but if you are using the disk simply put it on a table with a heavy book to keep it in place as you work. His third video is on tama handling, it is worth viewing especially if you are thinking about getting a marudai. 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ygI3Gag5AMaxujFwBU7HQ

Organizations: The American Kumihimo Society. Members get a lot of instruction for their membership and a yearly journal. https://amksoc.org/
    The Braid Society in the UK is for other narrow textiles, they have a yearly journal that is excellent but not focused just on kumihimo. https://thebraidsociety.wildapricot.org/