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