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"Congrats" Vintage Nagoya Obi
vintage Japanese nagoya obi

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Product Code: 1122FCOBI10

This listing is for a vintage Japanese formal nagoya style obi from the Fuller Collection. See below for details on this exceptional group of Japanese textiles.

This obi features a beautifully woven set of kanji characters that signify "congratulations". Large versions appear at the tail end, where they would appear in a taiko-style bow. Smaller versions of the same characters are woven at the center belt section.

Look closely to see that another inscription has been woven above the red woven "stamp" of the designer in the bow and the belt areas. It is a stunning piece both for its gold and white silk and the message it offers.

Excellent condition, silk and within the typical nagoya measurements: approximately11 feet long in total and 14 in wide. Note that this style of obi is meant to be folded in half where it is wound around the body.

The Fuller Collection - originally over 2000 pieces - was the passion and pride of Richard Fuller of Chicago, IL and Wabasha, MN. Richard served as a US Marine in post-war Japan, and there began his love of and appreciation for vintage Japanese kimono and obi. Richard saw that the mastery and artisanship of traditional Japanese textile techniques was waning - threatening to die out all together - which sparked his mission to promote this industry and preserve what he could.

Together with his wife Janith, Richard invested in thousands of kimono and obi, opening Wind Whisper West, a kimono Gallery in Wabasha in 2003. Most of the collection was sold there but several hundred pieces remain. Richard passed in 2020, and Janith has consigned the remainder of the collection to Kyoto Kimono to offer through our website. We are honored and proud to be stewarding the Fuller Collection as each piece finds its new home and continues to bring wonder and beauty to admirers around the world.

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