Cherry-red blossoms cover this woven silk summer obi from late Meiji era Japan. Silver leaves and centers on the flowers give depth to the tapestry-like weave. Hitoe (meaning single layer) obi were unlined, lighter and brighter than more formal obi styles. On this one, the fabric is folded back over about one-third of the length of the obi so the reverse side of the weave did not show when the obi was tied. Old obi make handsome bed throws, table runners and other decorative accent pieces. This early 20th century obi is in excellent condition. Dimensions: length 136" (346 cm), width 12" (30 cm). Another 47" (120 cm) length of the fabric is folded back over the reverse side of the fabric.