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Tachihimo (太刀紐)

The cord used for wearing a sword around the waist. A silk braid about 3 meters long with tortoiseshell patterns on the front, or “kikkō-gumi”, is often employed for this type of braid. Kikkō-gumi is a slightly thicker flat cord, and its stable structure makes it excellent for securing the sword to the body. Typically, a Tachi sword is hung from the “obitori” with a Tachihimo string hanging from the left hip. Still, on the stage, the blade is worn with a Tachihimo tied directly to the scabbard, tightly wrapped around the waist to hold it in place.

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