Kute-uchi braiding ''Inside-Through'' square and flat braid





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Published on Nov 23, 2011

When this move is combined with the "Outside-Around" move of my other Kute-Uchi video, some amazing braids can be made!

See my website tutorial for the beautiful Genji-Uchi braid:

Kute-uchi part 1--the "Inside-Through" move, here making a divided, square, and flat braid. Kute-uchi is a hand-held loop braiding method that was done in Japan before the more recent era of Kumihimo braiding. (Stand-and-bobbin type of braiding)

Sorry, I am not an expert Kute-uchi braider! Have not done this for over a year, so I am very clumsy. I mainly do fingerloop braiding. This is a video request for TRAFONATIONAL.

See Masako Kinoshita's website for more on Kute-uchi braiding:
http://www.lmbric.net/n7/ILn7/ILn7.html (amazing photos)

See my site for tutorials on fingerloop braiding:

Masako Kinoshita is the one who (re-)discovered kute-uchi in an old Japanese manuscript and proved that it was this hand-held loop braiding method, and not kumihimo (stand-and-bobbin braiding) that had been used to make the medieval samurai and temple braids that are national treasures in Japan. The larger braids (kikko and other patterns) were made by two or more braiders braiding together and exchanging/sharing their loops.

I learned some kute-uchi in a workshop from Makiko Tada, a master Japanese kumihimo braider, who had learned Kute-uchi loop braiding from Masako Kinoshita. I haven't practiced for a long time!

This "Inside-Through" move makes a square braid, flat, or divided braid with the exact same structure as the V-fell fingerloop braid in my "START HERE" tutorial.

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