Hand beaded bracelet from a Kumihimo braid with Japanese magatama beads.
Kumihimo are a type of traditional Japanese cord. The cords are created by taking several bundles with dozens of threads each, wrapping them around bobbins, and then braiding the bundles together in a diagonal criss-cross arrangement. The cords have a long history: their origin in Japan is said to be in around 700 AD, coming in from the Chinese continent and the Korean peninsula together with Buddhism.
Hand made in Charlottesville, VA.