Kumihimo Artisan Fukuda Ryuta
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Kumihimo artisan Fukuda Ryuta is the third-generation successor of a 130-year-old family business. Kumihimo, or braided cords, are traditionally made with silk threads. Beautiful and durable, they were once used to connect armor pieces and are now mainly used for kimono sash cords.
While Fukuda deeply respects tradition, his motto is to "braid anything besides water and air." He has been exploring materials and applications that expand kumihimo's potential and has gained attention worldwide for his unique twists.
How is he braiding together tradition and innovation?