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There are various types of Chinese and Japanese braidmaking techniques, so I shall focus on those seen in “Creative Kumihimo” and “Chinese Braid Embroidery”. Writing about the difference between the two could easily form an essay – so these are just a few brief generalizations:
* Both are stand-and-bobbin techniques, conventionally worked in silk.
* Both are imbued with their own cultural characteristics.
* Both techniques are considered traditional yet lack historical evidence before the C19th.
* The Japanese equipment works with threads spread in a circle, coming together at the centre.
* The Chinese equipment works with threads spread in a fan-shape, coming together at the tip slanting away from the worker.
* The Chinese lift the bobbins.
* The Japanese lift the threads.
* The working rhythms of the Chinese technique tend towards small mirror-image movements from outer edges to centre.
* The Japanese technique uses a wide range of symmetric moves (rotational and reflectional).
* The Chinese product is typically tiny, flat and used for appliqué on costume
* The Japanese product is typically broader, mixed structure and used for ties (obi-jime etc). ... See more
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