That's my marudai that was custom made for me.
Kumihimo is very simple to do. Eight strands on top of the marudai, with two strands facing each direction: north, east, west, and south.
A Weave of a Compass.
Matriarchal storytelling is also a weave of a compass. It looks at life from north and south, and left and right with the centre bringing all of the strands together.
Stories become sturdier when we use multiple threads. The weave itself tells the story, and the Matriarchal forces the storyteller not to forget or drop threads to bring the whole together.
Often, a storyteller favours one side more than the others. It is the preferred way of Patriarchal stories.
But Matriarchal is more sensitive. It brings various directions into the centre where readers can compare and contrast each thread, but then step away to see the entire weave. We learn how to consider more than just the One, and not dismiss Others as unimportant or wrong.
You cannot make a weave with a single thread.
And with more than a couple of threads, the warmer and sturdier the weave and the story becomes...