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DESCRIPTION: This is an unusual Fukuro Obi in a rare shade of sea foam green/aqua blue Silk that is highlighted on one complete side of the Obi with an intricate pattern in equally uncommon pastel colors. An Obi of this type lends itself to numerous dramatic uses. Fukuro means "pocket," but is used to refer to the fact that this type of Obi is made of two pieces of material, sewn together on the outside edges. This style of Obi enjoys great practical use today as it is the same length as the Maru Obi, but slightly narrower (perhaps by 3/4ths of an inch); and, therefore, much less bulky. It alternates patterned and plain sides.
The patterned side portrays a stylized arabesque flow of water overlaid with two circles serving as enclosures for additional motifs, alternating between the larger of the two circles.. In one, there are pastel bamboo in atypical shades of pink, green, blue and purple. Bamboo (Take) is one of the most useful plant species in Japanese History...it is still used for scaffolding in construction projects. Aside from its practicality, it also symbolizes strength, flexibility, and grace. In the second, Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) are scattered in the same pastel colors. In the lower section of these two circles are waves (Nami) portrayed in an unusual arabesque pattern. This highly dynamic design has also been used to portray strength and power as well as elegance. The smaller of the circles contains numerous diamond shapes, each enclosing other symbols while the center encompasses a geometric flower upon flower.
On the reverse, the only motif on its entire length is the Master Weaver's signature and seal used to subtly demonstrate the status of the woman who requisitioned its weaving. Only individuals with high status and wealth would have been able to procure the efforts of a Master Weaver...it is very rare to find the Weaver's signature so obviously displayed.
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: Late Meiji Era (1867-1912), turn of the century
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Handwoven Satin Silk in very good condition
FINISHED SIZE: 12 inches wide x 12 feet 6 inches 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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