A beautiful, silk Nagoya obi with embroidered chiyogami maiko dolls, Japanese, traditional, folded paper dolls. Chiyogami means gaily coloured paper. Maiko are trainee geisha.
Made and bought in Japan
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Width: rear section 31.2cm and sash section 15cm
Chiyogami Maiko Dolls Nagoya 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.
- Nagoya obi folding instructions on my blog, plus names of the parts of the obi, how to wear obi makura, obiage and obijime with your obi and a diagram with shapes and scale of the different obi types.