- A tsuishu obidome, made to be worn on an obijime and positioned at the front of an obi. Tsuishu is done by layering urushi (Japanese lacquer, tsuishu also involves red lacquer) and cutting or carving into it. The lacquer is applied very thinly and requires a long time to dry properly and each layer must be highly polished before the next is applied, so tsuishu work is time consuming, skilled and very expensive. This one has vermillion red and black layers.
- Obidome make extremely nice collectors' items, as they come is such a big variety of shapes, sizes and prices.
- Many obidome require a slightly narrower than standard obijime, known as a sanbuhimo
- When an obijime is worn with an obidome on it, the obidome sits at the front of the sash and the obijime is tied inside the rear knot. The jewellery at the front is known as an obidome but an obijime with an obidome on it is also just called and obidome.
- Made and bought in Japan
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A Tsuishu Obidome
An obidome is a special piece of jewellery worn with a kimono ensemble. Traditionally it is the only form of jewellery one should wear with a kimono.
Obidome are worn at the waist, with the obijime (obi cord) threaded through it. Normally obijime are tied at centre front but, when wearing an obidome on it, the obijime is tied at the back, with the knot inside the obi's musuba (obi rear knot).
Many obidome, especially older ones, require a slightly narrower than standard obijime, known as a sanbuhimo obijime.
Obidome are often purchased to form collections.