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Our tama (ta-ma) shape are based on Japanese tama and are built to Rodrick Owen's specifications. They hold a lot of thread and don't easily catch on each other. They are made from hard maple and sealed at both ends. The hard maple has been polished to a fine finish and have been lightly coated with wax. The photo (almost life size) at lower left shows our Standard tama next to a our Large tama, the large tama are also made of hard maple and 25% larger than our standard tama.

Braiders should chose the weight of their tama to reflect the type of braids they intend to make. The weight of the tama relates to the number of ends and type of yarn used as well as how the braid will be used, adjusting counter weight controls how supple the braid will be.

  • Thirty-five gram tama are used for scarves on the takadai
  • 70 gram tama are the most versatile for the marudai, they can be used on the takadai
  • 85 gram tama make firmer braids and can better tension larger threads, we recommend them for the marudai and takadai
  • In Japan, where braids are traditionally dense and stiff, 100 gram tama are used on the marudai and are recommended for the ayatakedai.

If you use thick yarns or yards and yards of yarns or ribbons you might want a larger tama. We offer our 70, 85 and 100 gram weights in the larger size; the lightest we offer for the large tama is 38 grams.

In Kumi Himo: The Essence of Japanese Braiding by Aiko Sakai and Makiko Tada have written instruction for thirty kakudai braids, 14 use 8 tama that are 240 grams each and 16 use 12 to 16 tama that are 100 grams each. This is the only book that we have in English for the kakudai.

As experienced braiders know and new braiders soon find out, tama can be required in large quantities. We are pleased to offer these exquisite tama at a very reasonable price.

Original Tama Prices:
35 gram, $7.50 each, 8 or more $6.50 each
70 gram tama are $ 7.50 each, 8 or more $ 6.50 each.
85 gram tama - $ 8.00 each, 8 or more $ 7.00 each
100 gram tama - $ 8.50 each, 8 or more $ 7.50 each

Large Tama Prices:
38 gram
70 gram
85 gram
100 gram - All four weights are $9.25 each, 8 or more $ 8.25 each

240 gram tama - $9.75 each, 8 or more $ 8.75 each
Custom weights - $ 10.00 each, 8 or more $ 9.00 each

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