Kyo Kumihimo originated in the Heian period and has been used for more than 1,000 years. The technique of braid making for practical use was developed in the Kamakura period (1185-1333). Today, Kyo braid has various uses such as for shrines and temples, dress ornaments, armors and helmets, or for the Japanese sword. There are as many as 3,500 ways of braiding according to how it is used.
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