How to Make Thai Braided Armbands

Written by amy kingston
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Muay Thai is a self-defence technique that originated in Thailand. The fighters enter a ring and engage in battle while a drum, clarinet and cymbals are played. One of the traditional good luck charms worn by fighters is a braided armband called Kruang Rang, which is a braided cord that conceals a small figure of Buddha. It is worn during the match to indicate the presence of Buddha during the battle. If you can braid and tie knots, you can make a Thai braided armband.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 18-foot-long cord
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Safety pin

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  1. 1

    Cut the desired colour of cord into six pieces measuring 3 feet in length with a pair of scissors.

  2. 2

    Place the 3-foot-long cords on a flat surface and align the ends of the cords. Measure 5 inches from the end of the cords with a tape measure, and tie a knot to tie all the cord pieces together.

  3. 3

    Pin the knot on a steady surface with a safety pin. Place three cords on the right side of the knot and three cords on the left side of the knot.

  4. 4

    Braid the cords on the right by placing the left cord over the centre cord and then placing the right cord over the centre cord. Continue braiding until only 5 inches of cord remains unbraided. Tie a knot at the bottom of the braid to secure the braided cords. Repeat to braid the cords on the left side.

  5. 5

    Place the two knotted ends side by side. Pull one of the braids up toward the centre knot to form a loop. Wrap the ends of the lopped braid around both braids two times. Pull the ends of both braids through the loop and pull tight to make an adjustable knot.

  6. 6

    Put the armband on your arm and slide the adjustable knot to adjust the size.

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