||Far left, Braid 1 - The Dark Side - While attempting to decipher the pattern of an elegant obijime that I had purchased in Kyoto, I came up with this design. It has no resemblance to the Kyoto braid, but I thought that it stands on its own. It is a single layer takadai braid made with 36 tama (18 dark blue, 18 silver). The silver thread proved too glaring (and also stiff) so I substituted with half lavender color silk on each tama. This braid's back side is more interesting than
the front, and it is what is shown in the photo.
Braid 2 - Trellis - A second attempt at the Kyoto braid. This has no resemblance to it either, but again, I like the pattern. Same use of 36 tama on single arms (18 wine, 18 rust). Both are easy to make takadai braids. Anyone wishing the patterns for either or both, email me and I'll send the instructions.