- A lovely, silk Nagoya obi with chin dogs (a Japanese breed of dog) and temari (decorative balls).
- I have made this obi into a display, bound with a Japanese, handmade, pure silk obijime (obi cord), which is included in the price (note that the hanger is not included). The obi can, however, have my stitches clipped and be worn as an obi, as it has not been cut, and the obijime can be unwound and worn too. Obi hanger not included, It’s for display purposes only. Hang the obi on something like a bamboo or wood rod, with cord, rope or ribbon tied around the ends of the pole or threaded through a hole drilled into each end and knotted below.
- With the obi ready shaped, you will need a hanger that can be slotted through the top, as the obi will come stitched into display shape, hence a rod being the best hanger for this. It would benice with just a bamboo or wooden rod trough it, with a simple string loop tied on at each end.
- A Nagoya obi. Nagoya obis often have the sash part already folded to half depth, with the knot section at full width, making them easier to put on. Some you fold yourself. This style was invented about 100 years ago and is less heavy than a more formal fukuro or maru obi. Nagoya are usually tied in a taiko musubi (square style knot, named after the Taiko bridge, at the opening of which a few geisha wore it as a new style, after which it became very popular and has remained so ever since), though they can be tied in other knots. Nagoya obis are less formal than a fukuro or maru obis but more formal than hanhaba obis
Good – slight mark on the back but wouldn’t show when on or displayed, wear on one corner but, again, wouldn’t show when on or displayed.
Obi are one-size-fits-all items
As an obi
Width 30cm & 15cm
Chin Dogs Nagoya Obi - as Display or to Wear
- 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.