Antique rokutsuu Fukuro obi w/ woven sayagata
A gorgeous antique silk rokutsuu fukuro obi in a bright red-orange with woven sayagata in bright and bold green, light green, yellow, white and orange. The backing is in the same bright orange red as the front. It is heavy, lush and really cheerful!
As this is a rokutsuu fukuro obi, 60% of the front face is patterned – the first 250 cm are patterned, then 118 cm are plain red-orange, then the tail end of 44 cm is patterned.
The total length is 412 cm, and it is 30.4 cm wide
It is in excellent shape having only a few small slightly loose thread areas which in no way detract from the item, it is an antique and used, but truly in great condition. See the photos for details.
This is a lot of heavy weight, tightly woven silk for the money! It would make glorious cushion covers or table runners… an obi is woven with the extra strength needed for being tied and untied repeatedly.
The shipping weight is 1200 grams.
• Fukuro: A type of Obi (also means a bag). Fukuro means double-fold or bag. The Fukuro obi is a slightly less formal style than the Maru obi. The Fukuro obi was created in the late 1920s. The Fukuro obi is made with a fine brocade or tapestry, which is often rokutsuu, which means only patterned along 60% of its length on one side. The back of the Fukuro obi may be lined with a plain silk or brocade, making it less expensive and less bulky to wear than the Maru obi. Even though the Fukuro obi is not as quite formal as the Maru obi, the Fukuro obi can be used for formal occasions. The length and width of the Fukuro obi is the same as the maru obi. Thus, Fukuro obi can hardly be distinguished from Maru obi when tied over the kimono. A Hon fukuro obi is usually worn with a high class kimono. One side is patterned like a regular Fukuro obi, but the fabric of both sides is connected. They are woven as roll of fabric, like a pillowcase, without seams. A Hon Fukuro obi cannot be unstitched. Hon Fukuro obi are considered to be high quality.
• Sayagata: the manji is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, is made of of interlocking manji, left- and right-facing manji joined by lines. As the negative space between the lines has a distinctive shape, the sayagata pattern is sometimes called the “key fret” motif in English.