Alexandre Jum shares two of his scripts that will allow you to easily create braids and spirals along curves in Maya. The Braid and Spiral scripts, are pretty similar, lopping curves around other curves. The Braid Script will allow you to easily create a braid shape around a selected curve in Maya.
Scripts for create braid(spline or poly) or spirals following a path.
The Spiral Script works in a similar manner, creating looping spirals along any spline. Select your path and number of loops and create a spiral agains any curve. As the examples show, you can easily create looping splines along looping splines for some really complex interactions.