Friday, March 4, 2011

Samurai Jewelry-The Ancient Art of Kumihimo

Kitty necklace black orange and green
At first glance into Blackcatqueen's Etsy shop you will immediately notice her love for cats. It isn't until a closer inspection that you will find what really brings nature and animal lover, Raven Simons to this place. It is the ancient art of kumihimo.

I know you're thinking "kumi-what?" Well, it's kumihimo and it is the ancient art of Japanese braid-making. It was most famously used by the samurai before going into battle as a way to lace their armor, not only onto themselves, but also onto their horses. It has since evolved into an art form used in jewelry and other designs.

Raven always had a passion for her art, but it wasn't until she received much encouragement from her friends that she decided to sell her art to the public. These kumihimo necklaces are intricately woven from colorful thread that gets only more beautiful upon closer inspection. Great care and passion goes into each and every piece that she creates. The braided cords can either be woven with or without beads which create a unique and textured look!
 Earthtone kitty beaded necklace sterling silver

Raven welcomes custom order requests and questions of any sort! She has also recently added some great earrings to her inventory that you really should see!
pink kitty earrings sterling silver

If you need a truly unique gift for the animal lover in your life, or would like to treat yourself to a great, hand-crafted piece of art, these necklaces would be perfect! For a preview of these fantastic works of art, be sure to check out our Featured Etsy Shop page. For more details and information, you can go directly to her Etsy shop and you can also find her on Facebook!

Also check out My Favorite Things page for a look at some of my favorite items from this week! You can also stop by my shop, Piper Bella Boutique!

12 comments:

ruth said...

I checked out Blackcatsqueen's fabulous etsy shop. What a lovely shop and such adorable jewelry.

BostonSeaGlass said...

Wow such detailed braiding! These are lovely!

Donna (Twinmountainpottery) said...

This is a really neat shop! I also have a love for cats and the braiding on her necklaces is so gorgeous.

karen said...

so cute! I love these.

rochepapierciseaux said...

Beautiful Black Cat!

sweetdreamzdesigns said...
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sweetdreamzdesigns said...

Very cute! I have 2 cats myself! The white quartz kitty is my favorite! Copy and paste link in browser:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/67822383/white-quartz-kumihimo-cat-necklace

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