Antique silk maru obi fabric with gold white and red sayagata
Gorgeous, antique silk maru obi, very heavy, fully patterned on both sides with a woven pattern of sayagata in bright orange-red, gold and white.
This is an exceptionally beautiful and unusual piece of fabric – it is very rare nowadays to find a fully patterned maru obi, the actual fabric is a whopping 66 cm wide!
An obi such as this would have been used for a wedding. It is at the very top end of formality and value.
This heavy woven brocade silk fabric would be amazing for making bags, purses, or pillows, it could be used for small upholstery, it is a densely woven durable fabric that is designed to take the stresses of being tied and untied frequently.
This is a truly beautiful beast.
This piece measures, folded, at 33 cm wide and is 400 cm long.
The shipping weight is a whopping 1.5 kg!
- Maru obi (丸帯 , “one-piece obi”?) is the most formal obi. It is made from cloth about 68 cm wide and is folded around a double lining and sewn together. Maru obi were at their most popular during the Taishō- and Meiji-periods. Their bulk and weight makes maru obi difficult to handle and nowadays they are worn mostly by geishas, maikos and similar. Another use for maru obi is as a part of a bride’s outfit. A maru obi is about 30 centimetres (12 in) to 35 centimetres (14 in) wide and 360 centimetres (11.8 ft) to 450 centimetres (14.8 ft) long, fully patterned and often embroidered with metal-coated yarn and foilwork.
- • Sayagata: the swastika is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, is made of of interlocking manji/swastikas, left- and right-facing swastikas 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.