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Tama for Kumihimo

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The word "tama" in Japanese refers to the lead-weighted spool that is used to tension the silk thread during the braiding process. Most kumihimo projects require either 8, 16, 24 or 32 tama. The most common weights of the tama are usually 70g or 100g, but any weight from 20g on up is possible. Heavier tama of 200g to 700g are used or heavy silk, handspun thread, or wire.

Our tama are of the modern "safety-sealed" type - that is, the lead weight is completely sealed inside the spool. This is important to keep the lead of the braider's hands; it also keeps the silk clean.

All of our tama are weighed and checked to be within 1g of the desired weight. They are made from hard Western maple and are polished to perfection - the finest silk will never snag on these. A very light oil finish is standard.

The smaller size is for general braiding work and can weigh up to 112g. It is 1-1/2" (3.8cm) tall, 1-1/2" in diameter; the waist diameter is 15/16"(23.8mm).

The larger tama is for weights over 100g and go up to 500g. It is 2-1/8" (5.4 cm) tall, 2" (5.1cm) in diameter, with a waist diameter of 1-3/16"(3cm). This tama can hold a good quantity of novelty thread, wire or handspun thread.

Pricing shown on Price List.


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