"Desert Colors" Ikat Fukuro Obi
This is a fukuro obi - wide for the entire length, plain on the backside and a patterned design only on the front.
We so rarely see ikat fabric made into an obi - so this one is a real treat. Bright red-orange background with an ikat woven pattern of geometrics that is reminiscent of American Southwest décor. Solid red-orange backside. No blank area on the front.
Ikat (also called kasuri) is a centuries-old method of weaving where the threads are dyed before being woven, so that the design appears on the loom. Ikat is a very labor-intensive textile art form, still very much revered in Japan and elsewhere. See the amazing process in the video below.
See the video below to learn about the different styles of obi.
If you’re interested in purchasing an obi to display, we recommend Design with Obi. Click here to find it on Amazon.com.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to tie the obi with your kimono, there are some great suggestions in The Book of Kimono. Click here to find it on Amazon.com. Click here to see all of the kimono and Kyoto-related books in our reference library.