They've been mechanically braided. They had 100's of different patterns and colours.
In the afternoon Elise and I met up with the group at KIT. We had another tour planned. This tour was to the Adachi Kumihimo Museum. This was fascinating. Elise isn't a braider however she thoroughly enjoyed this place. She bought one of her girlfriends a beautiful Kumihimo necklace. You should have seen her face when I told her it was silk. She just hadn't realised that for the price it would be silk.
Adachi had some very early examples of Braiding Stands.
They also had this very high stack of braiding samples all mounted on cardboard. I snapped away madly.
And another one.
My fingers are itching as I'm typing. I want to start trying to replicate some of these. In all seriousness though it will have to wait until after Christmas.
Hopefully I will post day 4 tomorrow.