How to Braid a Kruang Rang

Updated April 17, 2017

A kruang rang is an armband worn by boxers in the Thai sport of muay Thai. The kruang rang is traditionally made out of six or more braided strands of cord, with a concealed Buddha statue hidden inside of it. In the East, it is worn to pay homage to Buddha, while in the West it is worn to signify a students muay Thai grade -- much like in karate. Store-bought kruang rangs can be costly, but you can braid your own for a fraction of the cost.

Cut six pieces of cord that are each 3 feet long. Align the six cords so that they all start at the same spot.

Tie a single knot it the top of the cords. Insert the safety pin through the middle of the knot, and attach the cords to the cushion. Place the cushion on your lap or on a table. This will temporarily hold the cords and make it easier to braid the kruang rang.

Double-up the cords so that you are left with three bunches. Arrange the bunches so that one is positioned on the left, one on the right, and one bunch is in the middle.

Lift the left bunch over the middle bunch. Lift the right bunch over the new middle bunch so that it now lies in the middle. Repeat this process until you braid a kruang rang that is long enough to fit around your bicep.

Tie the end of the braid in a single knot. Remove the safety pin. Trim off any excess cord, leaving enough to comfortably tie the ends of the kruang rang around your arm.


Small statues and beads can be woven into the kruang rang by threading them onto the strands while you are braiding.

Things You'll Need

  • Cord
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
  • Cushion
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