Color is best represented by the full photo of the obi on hanger.
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.
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.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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