The July issue of Enjoy Kyoto, a free magazine that introduces Kyoto’s culture in English, featured an article organized and written by KUFS students. Titled “Handcrafts with a Twist”, it was their third collaboration with the magazine.
Kumihimo, the traditional Japanese technique of braid-making and also featured in the anime film Kimi no Na wa. (“Your Name.”) is one of the major traditional crafts of Kyoto. The technique has gathered attention across generations and country borders, as a major American sportswear manufacturer also applies kumihimo in its shoelaces for sneakers. In the article, students introduced nine different kinds of kumihimo as well as how it became familiar among the lives of ordinary people. They also interviewed a foreigner experiencing a braid-making workshop. Mako Watanabe, a second-year student in the Department of Global Tourism and second-time participant, said, “I am very happy that my idea of kyo-kumihimo was chosen as our theme this time. I hope that people would learn more about Kyoto through kyo-kumihimo.”
Please see the PDF to read the article. Copies are available in front of the 1st floor elevator inside Building 1 and the magazine racks in the lobby of Building 8.
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