- A lovely, hand woven, silk maru obi with phoenix design. I have included a photo or two obis formed into hanging displays to show what could be done with this obi (plus an obijime). The display obi is not included, it’s just for reference.
- Beautiful to wear or used as a display.
- Made and bought in Japan
Type: A Maru obi. Maru obis have the pattern along their entire length and on both sides. They are very heavy obis and exceedingly expensive obis, costing thousands of pounds when new. They have a very firm, corset like feel. Maru are rare nowadays, as they were so expensive and the hardest obis to tie. They are really only occasionally worn by brides now and sometimes by geisha but are highly collectable and make great displays or panels down beds, on tables etc.
Good – some marks – see photos
Obi are one-size-fits-all items
Bamboo & Phoenix Maru Obi
- There are numerous types of Japanese obi, from the casual hanhaba obi and heko obi to the formal maru and fukuro obis and several other types too. You can find lots of information about obis can be found in this site's Info section
- The Japanese take great pains to store their traditional garments with the utmost care, which is why they stay in such exceptional condition. Some of my Japanese garments have large, white stitching (shitsuke) round the edges. The Japanese put these stitches in to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment
- Cleaning: Great care must be taken in cleaning obi. It is not adviseable to wash them. Many may be dry cleaned. Any cleaning is done at the buyer's risk, as is the case with all vintage items.