- A rare chuuya obi.
- Beautiful to wear and an excellent collectors’ item
- A reversible obi, characterised by different patterns on each side. Chuuya means daytime and night time; the earliest chuuya obis were bright on one side and black on the other, like night and day, hence the name. Chuuya-Obi were used by iki-suji ladies in ancient Japan; iki-suji means a kind of kimono expert, such as a Geisha. Chuuya obi are now obsolete and are collectors' items.
- Made and bought in Japan
- A Chuuya obi, with hanabishi design. Hanabishi is diamond shaped flowers. Sometimes called a chuya obi or a hara-awase obi.
- A reversible obi, characterised by different patterns on each side. More details below - see 'Type'. Chuuya-Obi were used by iki-suji ladies in ancient Japan, in particular, by Geisha. The chuuya obi is now obsolete and they are collectors' items.
Some marks – see photos
Obi are one-size-fits-all items
Cottage Scene Chuuya 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.