(Mamada cords)

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History (Origins)

Watanabe Asaichi of Oyama City made creative modifications to cord-braiding techniques passed down since the Nara Period (710–94) to achieve Mamada-himo.

Characteristics (Techniques and Materials)

Silk thread dyed with plant-based dyes (kusaki-zome) are carefully braided by hand into cords, which are supple and elegant in a way only achievable through hand-braiding.

Contact Information

Etsuko Watanabe
1315-2, Mamada, Oyama-shi, Tochigi, 329-0205
TEL: +81-285-45-0343


Additional Remarks : Etsuko Watanabe

These hand-crafted cords made using pure, domestic Japanese silk and techniques dating back to the Nara Period (710–94) are considered lucky objects. They are perfectly suited as gifts based on the saying "tying together cords, tying together people, tying together hearts."

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