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Purple Summer Obi With Silver Dancers

Purple Summer Obi With Silver Dancers


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1940: Item # 790468

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A Japanese silk summer-weight hitoe obi has impressionistic designs of graceful dancers and tori gates in cooling shades of silver on a purple background. This woven silk kimono belt is unlined and constructed of one layer of fabric, unlike the more formal maru and fukuro obi. A cloud pattern in purple and silver on the reverse side of the fabric shows through under the weave on the right side of the material, giving the silver designs an attractive shimmer that varies from tones of pink to blue to grey. A richly textured weave in solid purple surrounds the designs. On the right side of the obi, the dancer design runs for a length of 88 inches then merges into the cloud pattern and appears again at the other end for another 15 inches. On the reverse side of the obi, where the dancers' color is purple surrounded by silver, the designs covers a length of 46 inches in the center and another 13 inches at one end. Various methods of tying the obi contrasted the front and reverse designs with the cloud pattern. Old Japanese silk obi make attractive table runners, throws and other decorative accent pieces. This one, from the mid-20th century, is in excellent condition. Dimensions: length 144" (366 cm), width 12" (30 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM