Beautiful braids with twisted elements are worked upwards on the kakudai (caw-koo-dye), pulled by an overhead pulley system. The braids are worked around a shaped core or kakushin.
We are offering our kakudai with short and long legs. The short legs allow you to kneel in the traditional way and the long legs allow you to sit in a chair.|
We use hard maple with a hand rubbed shellac finish. Our kakudai is very easy to assemble. The two heights are 16"/40cm and 26"/60cm.
Traditionally 100g and 240g tama are used to make kakudai braids.
The kakudai comes with three kaku-shin (needle, flat and square) two mirrors (large and small) and two weight bags. We suggest that you buy fishing weights locally to use as counter weight.
Kakudai with short legs, 16"/40cm - $375.00
Kakudai with long legs, 26"/60cm - $400.00
Kakudai with both sets of legs - $425.00
Kumi Himo The Essence of Japanese Braiding by Aiko Sakai and Makiko Tada has English instruction for the kakudai. You can read more about this book here.