DESCRIPTION: A beautiful silk brocade obi with a repeating pattern of bamboo, pine and fans in green, gold and yellow tones, woven to give a luxurious sheen to the overall design. This obi is a maru style, the oldest, longest and most sumptuous made. Because the design is woven throughout on both sides, it was very costly even as new, and much heavier than later one-sided designs. Because of its size and weight, assistance was needed in order to tie it in the traditional elaborate knot around the waist. Beautiful obi such as this one look stunning when used as decorative accents such a table runners, wall hangings, or draped over cabinets. Excellent condition, Meiji Period (1886 - 1912). DIMENSIONS: 13 1/8’ wide (33.3 cm) x 156” long (or 13 feet which is almost 4 meters).