Antique silk fukuro obi w/ orange-red and black sayagata, gold embroidery
A beautiful heavy antique fukuro obi with a big bold sayagata pattern. Black and orange-red silk, with gold embroidery detailing.
This is a gorgeous obi in excellent condition, and measures 412 cm by 30 cm wide. It is a fully patterned obi, the reverse side being plain black satin silk.
** Please note the photo showing the base colour as yellow is incorect – the entire pattern is in orange-red and black **
• Fukuro obi (袋帯 , “pouch obi) is a grade less formal than a maru obi. It is the most formal obi actually used today. It is made by either folding cloth in two or sewing two pieces of cloth together. If two cloths are used, the cloth used for the backside of the obi may be cheaper and the front cloth may be, for example, brocade.
Not counting marriage outfits, the fukuro obi has replaced the heavy maru obi as the obi used for ceremonial wear and celebration. A fukuro obi is often made so that the part that will not be visible when worn is of smooth, thinner and lighter silk. A fukuro obi is about 30 centimetres (12 in) wide and 360 centimetres (11.8 ft) to 450 centimetres (14.8 ft) long.
When worn, a fukuro obi is almost impossible to tell from a maru obi. Fukuro obi are made in roughly three subtypes. The most formal and expensive of these is patterned brocade on both sides. The second type is two-thirds patterned, the so-called “60 % fukuro obi”, and it is somewhat cheaper and lighter than the first type. The third type has patterns only in the parts that will be prominent when the obi is worn in the common taiko musubi.
• 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.