Obi - Kimono Sash

An obi is so versatile. They can be used as a table runner, a wall hanging, cushion covers, place mats, or runners over chests, draped over a curtain rod or as a sash.

Prices range from $60 - $300 for the top of the range Meiji Period Obi. We also sell obi pieces that make excellent runners or place mats $10~ (these are not on the website) 

There are three main types of Obi

Maru Obi - The maru obi is the most formal and expensive obi, with both sides fully patterned along its length. The classic maru obi measures about 30cm wide, however, narrower maru obi were also custom made.
The Maru obi is normally made of ornately designed silk brocade or tapestry, which are often lavishly decorated with gold thread. They were very popular during the Meiji and Taisho eras (1868-1926). However, as they are very expensive and uncomfortably heavy, they are rarely worn today aside from weddings and very formal occasions.

The Maru obi is the most versatile obi when it comes to decorating. They make fabulous runners, wall hangings, pillow/cushion covers …etc. And can be unpicked along the seam to make into a continuous pattern of double the width.

 

 

Fukuro Obi - The fukuro obi is less formal than the maru obi. The fukuro obi was created in the Showa Period (late 1920's). The fukuro obi is made with a fine brocade or tapestry, which is patterned along at least 60% of its length on one side. The back of the fukuro obi is often lined with a plain silk or brocade, making it less expensive and less bulky to wear than the maru obi. The fukuro obi can hardly be distinguished from maru obi when worn and today is commonly worn on formal occasions.

Nagoya Obi - First produced in Nagoya at the end of the Taisho era (1912-26) the Nagoya obi is the most suitable for Japanese women today as it is lighter, cheaper and easier to wear than formal obi. It is characterised by a large portion (60-80%) of the obi being folded and stitched in half. The narrow part wraps around the waist, while the wider part forms the bow of the obi tie. When worn, a Nagoya obi is tied with a single fold, while a maru or a fukuro obi uses a double fold. Nagoya obi can be used in a similar fashion as other obi because the narrow portion can be unpicked and opened to reveal the entire pattern.

 

Photos are of the repeat in each design and are the full width of the obi. Click on more details to view more images of each Obi.

Domestic obi shipping is done with courier satchels and charged at $13.85 (up to 20m of material nationwide). 

 

To purchase please call 07 5591 5088 Credit card payments can be made over the telephone, otherwise you may deposit into our bank account. Details available upon request

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Japanese Nagoya Obi

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Stock#TK029

Gold Doll  350 x 30cm

Price $148

Fukuro Obi

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Stock#TK028

Tiles & Flowers 420x30cm

Price $172

Japanese Nagoya Obi

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Stock#TK023

340 x 32cm

Price $149

Japanese Nagoya Obi

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Stock#TK022

Brown,Blue & Pink Checks

350 x 21cm

Price $151

Japanese Nagoya Obi

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Stock#TK017

Gold & Silver flowers and leaves

367 x 31cm

Price $115

Japanese Nagoya Obi

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Stock#TK015

Lime & Silver Waves

328 x 30cm

Price $120

Japanese Maru Obi

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Stock#TK005

Orange & Silver

314 x 22cm

Price $172

Vintage Obi

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Stock#TJ028

ca 1930

Style Fukuro

380 x 30cm

Gold & Off-white flowers & fans

 

Price $162

 

Nagoya Obi

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Stock#TJ013

Age Showa Period (ca 1960)

Length 3400 mm

Width 300mm

Themes Red with gold leaves

Price $132

Nagoya Obi

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Stock#TJ011

ca 1960

Style Nagoya

312 x 28cm

Flowers on salmon

 

Price $97

Nagoya Obi

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Stock#TJ005

1920

Style Nagoya

336 x 28cm

Olive green/brown with gold flowers and blue flowers on the reverse side

Price $188

 

Contemporary Japanese Obi

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Stock#TI053

ca 1960

Style Fukuro

345 x 30cm

Dark Pink and white stripes with teal flowers 

 

Price $134

Contemporary Japanese Obi

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Stock#TI029

ca 1970

Style Maru

415 x 33cm

Green with Gold Kiku Mon (Chrysanthemum crests)

Price $220

Contemporary Obi

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Stock#TI012

ca 1970

Style Fukuro

405 x 30cm

Black, gold & salmon hexagons

 

Price $180

Nagoya Obi

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Stock#TI010

ca 1950

Style Nagoya

340 x 30cm

Silver and yellow with chrysanthemums

Price $120

Fukuro Obi

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Stock#TI007

ca 1970

Style Fukuro

Length 400 x 30cm

Kiri & Sakura Diamonds

 

Price $180