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color is best represented by the full photo of the obi immediately below
This is one of those obi that need to be seen to fully appreciate the intricate weaving with the gold highlights throughout...it literally shimmers in the light, which is most difficult to capture in a photo. The mellow, neutral tones would add luster and beauty to any room.
DESCRIPTION: This is an exquisite example of a hand woven “Maru” Obi, the most formal and elaborate of the Obi woven with only one seam. It is a very lustrous, finely woven Silk Obi that has a wonderful sheen that, when turned in different directions and in different light, will appear to change color. This is a sign of a very high quality Obi. The colors are from natural dyes and are the more traditional colors of ancient Japan with the exception of a tremendous amount of pure gold threads that have been woven into the Bamboo repeat pattern. A continuous small pattern such as this is referred to in Japan as “meiji jimon.”
The Bamboo (“Take”) is one of the “3 friends of winter” and is considered a good omen. It is considered versatile, graceful and auspicious, and has played a large role in Japan. In addition, the strength and flexibility of Bamboo have taken it far from the nobility’s garden into all aspects of everyday life in Japan. The Japanese word for Bamboo, take, is homophonous with words for “warrior” and “bravery” and sounds like the words for “tall” and “hawk.” The overall effect of this Obi is one of great beauty, while the gold stripes at the bottom of the pattern denote that a woman of high rank and wealth in Japanese society wore this Obi.
**Obi is much brighter than this photo. The background is light ivory/beige with bright shiny bamboo.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Finely hand woven Silk Maru Obi, the most formal of all Obi. This is an extraordinary example of the most elaborate of the “Maru” Obi to be hand woven for Japanese women before the turn of the century. This is the most formal and expensive of the hand woven Obi. It has but one seam, meaning that the Obi was woven in one continuous panel before being folded over in such a way that the pattern was not lost in the fold.
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Meiji Era (1868 - 1912), circa 1880s
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Hand woven of the finest Silk with an unmatchable sheen and pure yellow gold threads in excellent condition.
FINISHED SIZE: 12” wide x 13’ 2” long
PRESENTATION: Creates an unusual and dramatic wall hanging, either vertically or horizontally, or extraordinary table or chest runner.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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