An intricate pattern of blue, silver and gold gives this early 20th century Japanese silk obi the look of old French tapestry. Both the colors and design are somewhat unusual for Japanese kimono belts, or obi, which typically have larger patterns and bolder palettes. Although metallic silver and gold threads were used for this obi, the shine was muted by the type of weave so that they have only a subtle gleam in direct light. This is a fukuro obi, meaning that it has the tapestry design woven on one side, with the back of the piece and a portion of the front remaining solid blue. Fukuro construction facilitated an obi wrapping and tying style that became popular during the Meiji Period. Because of its exquisite tapestry, this fukuro obi most likely was worn only for formal occasions and therefore is in very good condition. Japanese obi, with a seemingly infinite variety of opulent designs and colors, have become popular as home decorating accessories, and are used as table runners, wall art and as dramatic throws on sofas and beds. This one has an overall length of 150" (381 cm) and width of 12" (30-1/2 cm). The tapestry pattern on the front has a length of 92" (234 cm) plus a second patterned portion at the other end that measures 9-1/2" (24 cm).