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Japanese Summer Silk Obi, Flowers Fans in vivid colors

Japanese Summer Silk Obi, Flowers Fans in vivid colors


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1940: Item # 1089380
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This is a Japanese silk obi (ro silk) with a classic design of chrysanthemums, wild flowers and plants of autumn. The Genji wheels and fans of the aristocrats are reminders from a graceful era of the Heian period. The chrysanthemums by the water (old bridges here) is one of the lucky symbol from ancient time.

This is a very soft and light obi; the padding inside is silk that is wrapped with silk floss (mawata-biki). It is a time consuming old-fashioned way that requires a special skill. This helps to keep the padding intact. Circa, early Showa, 1930-1940. The obi is in new condition – never been used. 12" wide x 12'5"(161") long