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Obi womanâs sash, black ink on jacquard silk, wheels in water, Japan

Obi woman’s sash, black ink on jacquard silk, wheels in water, Japan

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1950: Item # 1427536

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A long woman’s summer obi made of thin silk, woven in jacquard and openwork techniques with chrysanthemums or asters interlaced with fences of plaited bamboo leaves. On this, in Yuzen dye technique, imitating an ink drawing, several areas painted with cart wheels floating in waves.
The obi has been opened; a practice quite common in order to have the material cleaned. There is a paper (dry) cleaner’s tag on the obi.
Japan, ca. 1950s.
L ca. 13 ft, H ca. 13 inches

Few black ink stains, all in all very good condition

Wooden cart wheels were put into water to prevent the wood from drying out. It is a beloved image in decorative arts, as it alludes to the simple (idealized) rural life.