Organisations and Links

Members of the Braid Society have wide ranging textile interests, and are members of many textile related organisations and guilds, including the following:

The Textile Society
http://www.textilesociety.org.uk
This is a forum for collectors, scholars and makers united by a shared passion and enjoyment of textile art, design and history. A charity which funds all aspects of textile study, organises the Antique Textile Fair and produces a yearly journal.
International Guild of Knot Tyers
http://www.igkt.net
The International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) is an association of people with interests in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds. We have over a thousand members world-wide, from all walks of life, including academics, surgeons, sailors, sportsmen and women, scouters, magicians, farmers, miners and accountants. Membership is open to anyone interested in knotting (whether expert or simply hoping to learn from others).
The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
http://www.wsd.org.uk
The objectives of the Association are the preservation and improvement of the craftsmanship in hand weaving, spinning and dyeing for the benefit of the public and the promotion of public education in such craftsmanship.
Italian Kumihimo Group
http://www.kumihimo.it
An Italian group organising kumihimo courses and exhibitions. The web site contains details of their activities, information about the range of kumihimo techniques and equipment - and of course - plenty of pictures of braids!
Japanese Kumihimo Society
http://www.kumihimo-society.org
This site is in Japanese (search for kumihimo-society on google and accept the offer of a translation to get a reasonable understanding of the content).
Society newsletters are available to download (again in Japanese).
These contain a number of interesting articles, with plenty of colour pictures.