A beautiful antique chuuya obi made of shusu silk with shibori tie dyed decorations in turquoise blue and white on black. The reverse side is plain black shusu (satin) silk.
Shusu silk is a lush satin weave fabric with a really touchable texture.
This piece measures 340 cm long and is 30 cm wide. One end is not turned and tacked in but that can be done in about 5 minutes.
The condition is antique used excellent, with a couple of very faint age marks on the shibori that are shown in the photos, but they are almost invisible and it is totally wearable.
• Chuuya-Obi: Sometimes spelled chuya and also called hara-awase obi. 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. They are fequently seen in pictures from the Edo and Meiji periods. The chuuya obi is about 30 centimetres (12 in) wide and 350 cm (11.5 ft) to 400 cm (13 ft) long.
• Shiborizome: More often known as just shibori. An intricate tie-dye method of making a pattern on fabric. Tiny sections of the fabric are tied or gathered and stitched before it is dyed. The bound area does not absorb the dye, so, when the thread is removed, it leaves a pattern of white dots. A completely shibori kimono can take an entire year to produce. Shibori is greatly prized by the Japanese, who are aware of how painstaking it is to create. Shibori has been made around the 4th century B.C.