International Guild of Knot Tyers

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The International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) is an association of people with interests in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds.


We have over a thousand members world-wide, from all walks of life, including academics, surgeons, sailors, sportsmen and women, scouters, magicians, farmers, miners and accountants. Membership is open to anyone interested in knotting (whether expert or simply hoping to learn from others).


Many members will have known Ben Asberg, a very active IGKT member from Rotterdam. Very sadly we have to announce Ben's untimely death on August 2nd. He will be much missed by all who knew him. An appreciation of this gentle giant will appear in the September issue of Knotting Matters. This image is of Ben at the 2011 AGM. Please add your memories to his entry in the 'In Memoriam' section (here or button at top of screen).

P1070006 AGM2011 Ben Asberg and friend lo res


2018 Autumn Meeting will be in Stourport-on-Severn, UK

over the weekend of 6/7 October. 

We have a great venue in this historic waterside town.

Booking form, Map and Menu Choice forms

available in the News section here.


Most meetings and events are shown in the Calendar section - do see if there's one happening near you and come along!


New Addition - we have just started to publish the book reviews from Knotting Matters (see the KM button, bottom left, or click here. We will be adding to these as they arrive with the Editors. All the reviews from the previous 35 years have now been added. Contributions are always very welcome!


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*When first logging-in to the members' area, enter your email address and password which came in the 'welcome' email. If you want to change the password during or after your first log-in, click on  the 'Manage my membership' button at the bottom of the list on the left.*

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Please help us by sending advance news of knotting events so that we can publish them and also reports/photos when the events have occurred.

We'll only be able to publicise and carry news if you all help us!

Members please note - a list of email addresses, sorted by country and region is available in the 'Member News' section.  Please check your entry. File updated 201711.


UK members - if you haven't returned your charity Gift Aid form, please do so. Form is downloadable on the 'News' page.




This terrific exhibition will be hosted by Japan in 2018, at the Kamakura Performing Arts Center, 6-1-2 Ofuna, Kamakura-shi, Kaganawa. 

It is about 45 minutes away by subway from Tokyo Station.  

They will be using three exhibition halls: Gallery 1, 2, and 3.

You can check the floormap through the link below.

Japan will take Gallery 1 and 2 and Korea and France will use Gallery 3

Exhibitors are expected from China, Korea, Japan and France. 
Exhibition Dates
Setting up on Thursday, November 1, 2018,  09:00 onward.
Exhibition from Friday, November 2, to Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 15:00
Taking down on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from  15:00
The International (Maedeup) Knot Exhibition was started by the Korean Maedeup Association in 1984. Since then, the exhibition has been held in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, each country taking turns to host the event (see below). The 14th International Knot Exhibition was in Seoul, Korea in 2015, with participants from Korea, China, and Japan. Maedeup

History of Korea Knot Craft Association

1984 January Establishment of Korea Knot Craft Association

June, 1984 The 1st Dong-A Three Kingdoms Festival (Dongduk Art Museum) held

October 1985 The 2nd Dong-A Three Kingdoms (Taiwan National History Museum)

June, 1987 International Cultural Association International Knot Exhibition (Seoul 63 Building)

September, 1987 3rd International Knot Culture Exhibition (Tokyo International Convention Center)

October 1988 The 4th 88 Seoul International Knot Exhibition (Lotte Art Museum, Seoul)

February 1991 The 5th Dong-A Three Kingdoms (Taiwan National History Museum)

May 1994 The 6th International Knot Culture Exhibition (Japan Hardness and Culture Museum)

September 1997 The 7th Seoul International Knot Exhibition (Seoul Ilmin Cultural Center)

November 1998 Member Exhibition of Korean Knot Crafts Association (Seoul Ilmin Cultural Center)

September 1999 The 8th Dong-A Three Kingdoms (Taiwan National History Museum)

July, 2001 Member Exhibition of Korean Knot Crafts Association (Seoul Ilmin Cultural Center)

June 2002 The 9th International Knot Exhibition (Japan Hardness and Culture Museum)

June, 2002 World Cup Commemorative Korea Knot Crafts Association Exhibition (Unhyeonggung)

June 2004 The 10th International Knot Exhibition (Seoul Museum of History)

June 2006 11th International Knot Exhibition (Japan Museum of Hardness and Culture)

August, 2008 Korean Knot Crafts Association Exhibition of the 60th Anniversary of the Republic of Korea, Korea - Asian Ethnographic Society (Kyeongbok Palace Folk Museum)

June, 2009 The 12th Seoul International Knot Exhibition (Seoul Museum of History)

May 2012 The 13th International Knot Exhibition (Japan Hardness and Culture Museum)

August 2014 Special invitation to the 30th anniversary of Korea Knot Crafts Association (Korean Cultural Center in Manila, Philippines)

November, 2015 14th Seoul International Knot Exhibition (Seoul Arts Center, Insa-dong)

한국매듭공예연합회 연혁

1984 1 한국 매듭공예 연합회 창설

1984 6 1 동아삼국매듭전 (동덕미술관) 개최

1985 10 2 동아삼국매듭전 (대만 국립역사박물관)

1987 6 국제문화협회 국제매듭전 (서울 63빌딩)

1987 9 3 국제매듭문화전 (일본 동경 교통회관)

1988 10 4 88서울국제매듭전 (서울 롯데미술관)

1991 2 5 동아삼국매듭전(대만 국립역사박물관)

1994 5 6 국제매듭문화전(일본 경도 문화박물관)

1997 9 7 서울국제매듭전 (서울 일민문화관)

1998 11 한국 매듭공예 연합회 회원전 (서울 일민문화관)

1999 9 8 동아삼국매듭전 (대만 국립역사박물관)

2001 7 한국매듭공예연합회 회원전 (서울 일민문화관)

2002 6 9 국제매듭전 (일본 경도 문화박물관)

2002 6 월드컵기념 한국매듭공예연합회 회원전 (운현궁)

2004 6 10 국제매듭전 (서울 역사박물관)

2006 6 11 국제매듭전 (일본 경도 문화박물관)

2008 8 대한민국 광복60주년 기념전 한국매듭공예연합회?아시아민족조형학회 (경복궁 민속박물관)

2009 6 12 서울국제매듭전 (서울 역사박물관)

2012 5 13 국제매듭전 (일본 경도 문화박물관)

2014 8 한국매듭공예연합회 창설30주년 특별초대전 (필리핀 마닐라 한국 문화원)

2015 11 14 서울국제매듭전 (서울 인사동 아라아트센타)


1 회장 김주현 매듭명장

2 회장 조일순

3 회장 심영미 ()매듭기능전승자


4 회장 황순자 매듭명인

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Erik Franklin's 'Kamut' - Pictures in String


of Erik Franklin's litte fun book. It will stimulate, frustrate or amuse you - or all three!


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Downloadable form for gift aid

Charity Gift Aid form - applies to UK members only

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IGKT Autumn Meeting 6/7 October 2018 Stourport-on-Severn



Booking form to download here:

Menu choices for Knot Tyers' Supper - please return by Sept 15th latest

and this map of Stourport


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