Braids 2019, Japan 

The Fourth International Braiding and Narrow Weaves Conference will be held in Iga Ueno City, Japan in 13-18 October, 2019.   Pre-registration is available on the website (above) and full registration will open on 1 July 2018.

The conference is being hosted by the Kumihimo Society of Japan.

 American Kumihimo Society, Kumihimo Gathering 2017

Featuring Makiko Tada,  Jacqui Carey, Giovanna Imperia, and Adrienne Gaskell



The American Kumihimo Society is very excited to announce their first educational conference, Kumihimo Gathering 2017. The conference will offer three full days of classes in a variety of Kumihimo disciplines. Headlined by these acclaimed instructors, students will have an opportunity to learn a variety of techniques in both fiber and beaded braiding.

Gathering dates are October 20th, 21st, and 22nd. The event venue will be the Hilton Tampa Westshore Hotel, in Tampa, Florida.

Conference Details

  • When: October 20th, 21st, & 22nd, 2017
  • Where: Tampa, Florida: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
  • Hotel room rate of $129* + taxes
  • Free parking for hotel guests and conference attendees
  • Free airport shuttle for hotel guests
  • Reservations: 1-800-HILTONS – BE SURE to advise the agent that you are attending the “AKS Gathering conference” to obtain the special rates. IMPORTANT! Hotel space is limited and rates cannot be guaranteed. Reservations should be made before March 15th, 2017. We recommend that attendees book early! Reservations can be cancelled without penalty up to 48 hours before arrival.

Conference Fee & Inclusions:

  • Registration opens February 1st, 2017, for AKS Members only
  • $495 Early Bird Price for AKS Members through Feb 20th.
  • Open Registration begins on February 21st
  • Open Registration is $535 for AKS members, $560 for non-members
  • Registration includes:
    • 3 days of classes (kit fees and materials are NOT included)
    • Lunch on all three class days
    • Conference Publication

 For more details and updates, please go to


Braids 2016, Tacoma, USA

The Third International Braiding and Narrow Weaves Conference was held from July 24 to July 30, 2016 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. The co-chairs for this conference are Robyn Spady and Giovanna Imperia.

The event was held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA for this event. The conference was in one of the most beautiful areas of the US in the business corridor that runs from Vancouver, BC, to Portland, Oregon. The area is home to incredible wilderness areas, Pt. Defiance, the Pacific Ocean, and Mount Rainier. Additionally, the Seattle-Tacoma area is easily accessible from Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Braids 2016 was a showcase for the talent and expertise of teachers in a variety of braiding and narrow weaves areas ranging from kumihimo, Andean braiding, loop braiding, tablet weaving, band weaving, sprang, passementerie, and a number of other narrow weave techniques. Traditional and non-traditional approaches will be represented.

Further information is available on the Braids 2016 page.


Braids 2012, Manchester, UK

Braids 2012, the 2nd international braiding conference was held in Manchester, England from August 19-25th , 2012.  The conference was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. 

2012 Conference Proceedings - "Threads that Move"

Copies of the proceedings are still available. This is a 160 page, A4 size paper back in colour throughout. It contains 25 articles written by the conference speakers and tutors. Many articles include practical instructions. See contents page below.






The publication costs £20 plus postage (UK £2.50, Europe £7.00, Rest of World £11.00 air mail).  Contact for details.












International Conference on Kumihimo 2007, Kyoto, Japan

The first International Conference focused on Kumihimo covering its history, cultural background, aesthetics and engineering applications.  The conference succeeded in extending the possibilities of Kumihimo through the exchange of knowledge between researchers, craftsmen and artists of the world. 

2007 Conference Proceedings - "Space, Time and Braid"

The conference proceedings are still available as a self-contained publication showing a wide range of Kumihimo.  The 30 papers are divided between the themes of 'Braids in space and time' and 'Braiding techniques' and are complemented by a Gallery section.  The 146 page publication is in full colour throughout.  Contact for further details.

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