Takadai and Karakumi Braids


by Hiroko Ojima and Mutsuko Okamoto

This is an inspirational book featuring takadai and karakumidai.  Other than the Japanese names of braids written in Roman script the text is written in Japanese characters. There are 21 pick-up braids. Some lacy "Summer" braids look like they are made on the takadai, but perhaps could be made with free end braiding. Some of these are made with non-traditional threads. The only instruction are three drafts for pick-up braids depicting Japanese characters Raku (enjoy), Emi or Warau (smile), Yume (dream), Furusato (home), and Sors (sky).There are three pages of samples designed by Makiko Tada made on the disk and plate braids. The karakumi braids featured are wide braids, narrow, and round. There are three pages of lacy, "snowflake" braids made on the karakumidai. There are also photos of beaded braids and braided jewelry.

Full color, Japanese, 60 pages, published in Japan