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Blue Aya

Ayatakedai Braids

by Aiko Sakai and Makiko Tada (Japan)

Sometimes called "the blue book" or "the blue ayatakedai book"

1983, published by The Japanese Association of Sohbi Braiding (Japan)
ISBN unknown
Hard cover, about 80 pages
Available from several sources; somewhat expensive

For the ayatakedai and ayatakadai (hybrid combined takadai-ayatakedai)
In Japanese

Color plates, black-and-white diagrams, glossy paper

Intermediate- and advanced-level braids using two to eight feathers, two to four
levels. Has instructions for most of the "Essence" book braids that are in the plates, but
without instructions. Some braids require the hybrid ayatakadai (takadai with feather
attachment) and use koma in addition to the feathers.

After details for a particular technique are noted for a braid, they are not repeated
when that technique is used in a later braid. Diagrams include incorporating the weft
only when it is done in a non-standard way. If you do not read Japanese, you must be
intuitive to understand how to make some of the braids.

Gorgeous braids! A MUST-HAVE reference for the serious ayatakedai braider.

Anglicized braid names courtesy of Michael Hattori.

Braids in this book:

Seq Braid Elements Shape Dai Look-Up Name Family
1 Ishigakigumi 18 flat ayatakedai Ishigaki tbd
2 Fushi Surugagumi 18 flat ayatakedai Fushi Suruga tbd
3 Uki Yamagatagumi 18 flat ayatakedai Uki Yamagata tbd
4 Ryusuigumi 18 flat ayatakedai Ryusui tbd
5 Hisagogumi 18 flat ayatakedai Hisago tbd
6 Ayafutabagumi 14 flat ayatakedai Aya Futaba tbd
7 Ayakamakuragumi 18 flat ayatakedai Aya Kamakura tbd
8 Ayakozakuragumi 26 flat ayatakedai Aya Ko Zakura tbd
9 Nukiazegumi 18 flat ayatakedai Nuki Aze tbd
10 Kawari Hisagogumi 18 flat ayatakedai Kawari Hisago tbd
11 Aua Ryukogumi 20 flat ayatakedai Aya Ryuko tbd
12 Aze Ryukogumi 12 flat ayatakedai Aze Ryuko tbd
13 Tobi surugagumi 22 flat ayatakedai Tobi Suruga tbd
14 Yamagigumi 26 flat ayatakedai Yamaji tbd
15 Sazagaragumi 18 flat ayatakedai Sazagara tbd
16 Ayadasukigumi 26 flat ayatakedai Aya Dasuki tbd
17 Ayakikkogumi 26 flat ayatakedai Aya Kikko tbd
18 Tatewakugumi 18 flat ayatakedai Tate Waku tbd
19 Kikkobishigumi 18 flat ayatakedai Kikko Bishi tbd
20 Yoroigumi 26 flat ayatakedai Yoroi tbd
21 Tsunagi Kamakuratumi 16 flat ayatakedai Tsunagi Kamakura tbd
22 Yoroke Surugagumi 18 flat ayatakedai Yoroke Suruga tbd
23 Kumasazagumi 26 flat ayatakedai Kumasaza tbd
24 Ayatake Kikkogumi 26 flat ayatakedai Ayatake Kikko tbd
25 Kosa Ungengumi 26 flat ayatakedai Kosa Ungen tbd
26 Tagotogumi 26 flat ayatakedai Tagoto tbd
27 Orishikigumi 22 flat ayatakedai Orishiki tbd
28 Nishiki Ungengumi 26 flat ayatakedai Nishiki Ungen tbd
29 Ayaseseragi-gumi 26 flat ayatakedai Aya Seseragi tbd
30 Ayasazanami-gumi 26 flat ayatakedai Aya Sazanami tbd
31 Yamajigaeshi-gumi 26 flat ayatakedai Yamaji Gaeshi tbd
32 Narabi Kamakuragumi 34 flat ayatakedai Narabi Kamakura tbd
33 Yonmai Surugagumi 40 flat ayatakedai Yonmai Suruga tbd
34 Ayakaragumi 26 flat ayatakedai Aya Kara tbd
35 Nukisuruga-gumi 34 flat ayatakedai Nuki Suruga tbd
36 Yonmai tobisuruga-gumi 40 flat ayatakedai Yonmai Tobi Suruga tbd
37 Azeuchi-gumi 18 flat ayatakedai Aze Uchi tbd
38 Kawari Yoroigumi 30 flat ayatakedai Kawari Yoroi tbd
39 Hira Yamatogumi 26 flat ayatakedai Hira Yamato tbd
40 Fushigumi 38 flat ayatakedai Fushi tbd
41 Ayamasugumi 26 flat ayatakedai Aya Masu tbd
42 Odoshigumi 30 flat ayatakedai Odoshi tbd
43 Aya Shikanoko-gumi 26 flat ayatakedai Aya Shikanoko tbd
44 Hantsuki-gumi 22 flat ayatakedai Han Tsuki tbd
45 Katanagare 26 flat ayatakedai Kata Nagare tbd
46 Suruga Shikanoko 18 flat ayatakedai Suruga Shikanoko tbd
47 Hira Yamato #2 28 flat ayatakedai Hira Yamato #2 tbd
48 Ayasegumi 18 flat ayatakedai Aya Se tbd
49 Ayakaigaki 26 flat ayatakedai Aya Kaigaki tbd
50 Yonmai Kasuri Suruga 48 flat ayatakedai Yonmai Kasuri Suruga tbd
51 Ryomen Yamato 26 flat ayatakedai Ryomen Yamato tbd
52 Ryomen Yamato Itome 26 flat ayatakedai Ryomen Yamato Itome tbd
53 Ryomen Yamato sotetsu 26 flat ayatakedai Ryomen Yamato Sotetsu tbd
54 Ryomen Yamato Oshima 30 flat ayatakedai Ryomen Yamato Oshima tbd
55 Ryomen Yamato uroko 26 flat ayatakedai Ryomen Yamato Uroko tbd
56 Chigai Yonmen suruga 28 flat ayatakedai Chigai Yonmen Suruga tbd
57 Unekasuri 26 flat ayatakedai Une Kasuri tbd
58 Matsugaeda 26 flat ayatakedai Matsu Gaeda tbd


October 3, 2011


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