London’s The Alkemistry has launched its latest concept, Kumachi, a line that lets customers weave their own piece of fine jewellery from 18-carat gold chain and silk.

The company said the concept combines “luxury, craft, mindfulness and sustainability into one beautiful product”.

The process utilises an ancient Japanese weaving technique.


Each Kumachi kit will contain four colours of silk thread, an 18-carat gold chain and clasp, a weaving wheel, a luxe glass sand timer and a scroll with step-by-step instructions.

Each colour of silk thread provides enough length to make three different versions of the bracelet.

This means customers will be able to craft something totally unique, with 32 different colour combinations to choose from, including the option of making a bracelet in all one colour.

Founder and creative director Kirstie Gibbs commented: “During lockdown I started to practise Japanese weaving as a way to relax. I soon realised that it was a wonderfully meditative and satisfying process, so I decided to design a weaving kit using precious materials, that we could sell at The Alkemistry.

“It’s the perfect activity for those wanting to enjoy something creative, relaxing but luxurious in the comfort of their own home.”