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"Ikat and More" Fukuro Obi
vintage Japanese obi belt


 
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Gorgeous Floral
Our Price: $150.00
Material: Silk
Condition: Excellent Vintage

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Product Code: 0221OBI13


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Description
 
This listing is for a fukuro obi (see style description below) featuring an unusual combination of ikat and tapestry weaving. The wide orange and white alternating bands are woven with ikat warp threads (see video below to learn more about the ikat technique) but the lovely bamboo and floral motifs were partially woven, embellished with embroidery. It must have been such a painstaking process that required a masterful skill.

The obi is fairly stiff and like new except for one place where the ikat thread pulled through - see photo.

Fukuro obi are a formal and semi-formal style of obi belt suitable for special occasions and should be worn with a formal kimono, though they also make beautiful tapestry displays or runners for table, piano, mantle, or book case.

The obi is approximately 14" wide and 9' long, with patterning on one side only. The backside is typically a solid color, and the same solid color fabric usually appears for an approximately one yard section on the front, patterned side. But in this case, the "blank" area on the front is actually the banded ikat pattern. No embroidery, just the ikat bands.

See the videos below to learn about the different styles of obi as well as ways to use them in your decor. If you're planning to display the obi, consider adding one of our wooden display rods to your order.

Different Styles of Obi
Obi Display Ideas
Ikat Technique

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