Posted by Louise Prance-Miles on 23 July 2020
London-based fine jewellery brand The Alkemistry has launched a new craft concept that allows customers to be able to weave their very own piece of fine jewellery from 18-carat gold chain and vibrant silk.
The concept is called 'Kumachi' and honours an ancient Japanese weaving technique. Kumachi derives from two Japanese words, 'kumi' meaning 'coming together' and 'hachi' meaning 'eight', signifying the entwining of eight cords.
Each Kumachi kit will contain four colours of silk thread, an 18-carat gold chain and clasp, a weaving wheel, a luxe glass sand timer and a scroll with step-by-step instructions. Each colour of silk thread provides enough length to make three different versions of your bracelet. This means customers will be able to craft something totally unique, with 32 different colour combinations to choose from, including the option of making a bracelet in all one colour.
Founder and Creative Director Kirstie Gibbs comments, "During lockdown I started to practise Japanese weaving as a way to relax. I soon realised that it was a wonderfully meditative and satisfying process, so I decided to design a weaving kit using precious materials, that we could sell at The Alkemistry. It's the perfect activity for those wanting to enjoy something creative, relaxing but luxurious in the comfort of their own home.
"Kumachi is part of The Alkemistry Always concept, which means, going forwards, customers can return their Kumachi chain to The Alkemistry and its team of craftswomen, who are training to become fine jewellers, will upcycle it to form something new.