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The Maru obi, kimono sash, were the most popular of the kimono sash in the 19th century is now rarely in use mainly because of its bulk. The construction of a Maru obi is over four yards in length of brocade or tapestry cloth and twenty-seven inches wide. Because of the bulk created by the length, width and cost of this obi make it obsolete today. The Maru obi was most popular during the Meiji and Taisho periods, but today is only worn with bridal kimono in traditional Japanese weddings and the most formal occasions.
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Japanese Obi Chrysanthemums in Fan Design
The Japanese Obi, a kimono sash, including the Maru, Fukuro, and the Nagoya Obis are the most important
accessory of the Japanese Kimono and may cost more to make than the Kimono in come cases. Some have said that the Nishijin weavers started the craze
because of an astounding slump in the demand for their elaborate woven brocades. The restrictions did not allow common people to wear these extravagant
and expensive Kimono, but did not forbid them to wear elaborate sashes. With the help of the Kabuki actors, who helped promote the beautiful new sashes,
the demand for the expensive brocade weaves continued.
The Japanese Obi come primarily from the Kyoto district known as Nishijin. Nishijin is renowned as the center of the Japanese textile industry since the
15th century. The Obi are sashes that are wrapped around the waist of the kimono and during the early periods (Momoyama and Edo), the obi function was
to simply wrap around the kimono wearer’s waist three or four times only to keep the kimono in place to being the most important kimono accessory. Today,
the Obi come in varied style from woven to dyed, single color to beautiful multiple colored works of textile art. The two types of Obi for Men are – the
Kaku Obi, (which is stiff) and the Heko Obi (which is soft). The Obi for woman was not a part of their kimono ensemble until the middle of the Edo period.
It was then that the Obi attracted the attention of designers and weavers which produced much more obi of varied width color and elaborate designs and dyes.
Japanese Obi may have no pattern at all or may have patterns from the beginning of the Obi to the end. Zentsu Obi is patterned from end to end and may have
patterns on both sides or on one side. Rokutsu Obi has only about sixty percent of the Obi with a pattern and only on one side. Typically, the Obi selected
to wear with a kimono will depend on the occasion. The brocade tapestry and dyed silk Obi are worn with the most formal kimono. The highest quality brocade
made by the Nishijin is known as “nishiki” translated means “beautiful color combination”. Nishiki is recognized by the extravagant and beautiful use of gold
and silver threads to make gorgeous patterns and designs. Tsuzure another style of obi made in Nishijin which is a tapestry. The Maru Obi, Fukuro Obi, and Nagoya
Obi of Nishijin brocade and tapestry are the most desirable of all obi for formal and ceremonial use. Obi which was used for everyday use was made from raw
silk and other fabric (cotton or wool).
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--- Elliott Long
Gresham, Oregon USA.
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