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This is a stunning Fukuro Obi. A Fukuro Obi is generally patterned on one side and is usually worn for formal or informal occasions. The unusual characteristic of this type of Obi is that it has an overall motif on one side, while the reverse side is more plain in terms of decoration, although equally exquisite in terms of the silk weaving. Often times, a portion of the design will appear on the plain side with a small plain portion appearing on the patterned side as if to allow the eye some respite. The more decorative side of this Obi is an intricately and brightly patterned tapestry in an increasingly popular and influential European style.
The heavy use of woven gold threads adds an eye catching lustre that creates a decorative statement in any room, for any occasion. The floral patterning is very stylistic and difficult to attribute to any known plant or flower. The dominance of the design is typical of the Taisho Era when it became popular to wear big, bold designs in bright colors. Red has long been a favored color in Japan, dating back for centuries. It was associated with sacred icons and, due to its initial rarity and expense, was limited to the upper classes until chemical dyes were introduced late in the Meiji Era.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: The Fukuro Obi differs from the Maru Obi, the most formal of the Obi, by the fact that seams appear on each side of the Obi, rather than on one side only. This allows the weaver more creativity in terms of the decoration on each side of the Obi. It also allows the Obi to reverse to an entirely different look as the wearer desires.
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Early Taisho Era (1912-1926)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Gorgeous heavy Satin Silk in excellent condition.
FINISHED SIZE: 11 3/4 inches wide x 13 feet long
PRESENTATION: Creates an unusual and dramatic wall hanging, either vertically or horizontally, or extraordinary table or chest runner...especially stunning at the Holidays.
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