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Cultural Demonstration: Kumihimo – The Craft and Art of Japanese Silk Braiding

Join us from 1:15-2:30pm PST for a cultural demonstration of kumihimo, the Japanese art of silk braiding, led by Pete McDonnell in the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center.

This introduction and discussion of kumihimo will include its origins and history, traditional and contemporary applications, equipment and materials, and a demonstration of basic braiding techniques on the marudai (round stand). Completed braids will also be on display.

Artist Bio: Pete McDonnell

Pete McDonnell is a native of southeastern Washington State, a 40-year resident of Seattle, and a full-time retiree in Manzanita since 2020. He has been making kumihimo braids off-and-on since 1995. Before his retirement, McDonnell had a career as a clinical trials data manager at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and performed as a singer in a wide variety of musical and theatrical projects.


Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center was designed to be the cultural, educational, and architectural hub of the new Cultural Village. “With a new classroom, library, and performance space, the Learning Center provides an open and welcoming space where visitors can learn more about the culture that gave us the Japanese garden art form,”