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Not only is the handwoven background weave of this silk Obi extraordinary, but the hand embroidered Chrysthanemum are stunning...
This is a wonderfully hand woven, patterned, fine, smooth, Habutae Silk Fukuro Obi that has also been hand dyed in an intricate pattern that enhances the colorfully, hand embroidered Chrysanthemum ("Kiku"). A multi-patterned weave of Habutae glossy Silk was intended for royalty who would wear it for special or formal occasions. Only those of the highest rank could wear patterned Silk, such as this elegant Obi, which would became an important part of the Kimono ensemble.
To further indicate the status of the woman for whom this Obi was created is the overall design of the stunning Chrysanthemum, which has long been considered the flower of the Imperial Family. It is revered for its beauty and elegance as well as representing the virtues of endurance and integrity. It was introduced from China, where it was valued for its healing properties and its propensity to encourage long life in those who drank of the waters where the flowers had fallen. It is a stunning ornamental and a premier symbol of Autumn. Thus, this magnificent Obi would have been worn in the Fall months. Embroidery has a long history in Japan where it has achieved heights unparalleled elsewhere. This Obi is a striking example of all the arts of Japan, from its fabulous hand weaving and dying to its spectacular embroidery.
One end of this long, rectangular Obi has been skillfully folded in half and then tied in a bow of typical obi design. 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. The Bow is held in place with a matching Silk, hand braided, “Obi-jime,” or cord that echoes the color and beauty of the Obi. The Obi-jime has been tied in the shape of a Butterfly and is as old as the Obi itself.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Fukuro Obi, hand tied in Silk
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Meiji Era (1868 - 1911), pre 1900
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: This is an extraordinary example of a hand woven Habutae Silk Fukuro Obi originally intended for both formal and semi formal wear. It is in extraordinary condition.
FINISHED SIZE: 36" high x 15" wide including the lacquer-like rod: 15 1/2"w x 40"h
PRESENTATION: This is a wonderful way to display an antique Obi year around as an unusual and dramatic wall hanging.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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