Rodrick Owen’s more than four decades of research into the braided textiles of pre-Hispanic Peru has helped raise awareness and appreciation for these gems of textile art. He trained at the London College of Furniture, completing the Creative Textiles Programme and qualifying with distinctions. An internationally respected braiding teacher, he popularized kumihimo, introducing takadai braiding to the US in 1995. His previous books include Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and Beyond and Making Kumihimo: Japanese Interlaced Braids. Owen has exhibited and taught in the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Europe, and Australia. His current research involves braided headband structures from pre-Hispanic Peru. Owen lives in Oxford, England.