How to Make Thai Braided Armbands

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Things You'll Need

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