Tsukui braid is a traditional handicraft manufactured in Tsukui-cho in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Pref. Braid was first introduced to Japan with mantras and beadrolls when Buddhism came from China in 538. In 1882, when a braiding machine was imported from Germany, braid-making was established as an industry. In Tsukui, sericultural industry had been actively done as a by-work of the people living in the mountain area since old times, and raw silk and fabrics were manufactured as home industry. In 1921, Tokitaro Sato established a braiding factory in Tokyo and some people from Tsukui worked there. Later they went back to their hometown and started their own business of braid making. The technique to make elegant braid in Tsukui is highly evaluated all over the world and Tsukui braid is exported to many countries at the present. It is a practical craft that is used for various articles for everyday use.
- 1029 Nakano, Tsukui-cho, Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, 220-0207
- Tsukui Braid Association