Fabulous and unusual hand weaving with tremendous hand painting and embroidery; full silk Obi, may be untied if desired.
(very difficult to photo actual color...closest would be the bottom of the Obi on the top photo)
DESCRIPTION: Marvelously hand woven “Kinsha” Silk Fukuro Obi with hand embroidered traditional Japanese musical instruments. The sheer nature of the Silk, as well as the slight puckery texture, has been emphasized by the hand dyed background pattern. The Fukuro Obi is worn in both formal and semi-formal occasions and has been both intricately embroidered, as well as “pattern” dyed using the “rice paste resist” method in order to create the hand stenciled effect of the background.
The Rice Paste Resist or "Tsutsugaki" technique requires that each color be applied separately, while all the others are painted out in the rice paste. Each time a new color was added, the rice paste had to be removed by soaking it out over and over again in the local river water. It was then hand embroidered using Pure Gold Threads that have been "Couched" onto the fabric. Painting liquid Gold on sheer hand made paper and then wrapping it around Silk threads made the Pure Gold Thread; which, because it was so fragile, could only be laid on top of the fabric and “Couched” to it. The musical instruments were hand painted, with the most dominant of these having been embroidered in the Japanese style: the “Shamisen,” similar to the Western banjo, and the ornate Japanese harp. One end of this long, rectangular Obi has been skillfully folded, then wrapped and tied in an open fan shape (representing the wearer's Open Future) and restrained in place with a matching Silk, hand tied, “Obi-jime,” or cord that echoes the color and beauty of the Obi. The Obi-jime is as old as the Obi itself.
A marvelous Japanese Artisan (herself of Samurai lineage) created this artistic representation in order to display year-round the beauty of this wonderful textile, as easily as one would hang a painting. Silk thread has been used on the back to support the tying of this Obi.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: This is an extraordinary example of the most elaborate of the Fukuro Obi to be handwoven for Japanese women before the turn of the century. A Fukuro Obi is used for both formal and semi formal occasions. It has two seams; but, in this example, both sides retain the same overall Silk pattern.
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Meiji Era (1868 - 1912)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Exquisitely and intricately hand woven Kinsha Silk in extraordinary condition.
FINISHED SIZE: 12” wide x 50” long in the tied style. However, the Obi may be untied and would then be a typical Obi and would measure 12” wide by approximately 13 feet in length.
PRESENTATION: This is a wonderful way to display an antique Obi year around as an unusual and dramatic wall hanging. It and the Obi-jime may be removed at any time in order to return the Obi to its original configuration.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
TTAC will personally pack and ship via UPS at company expense within the continental U.S.