Antique silk maru obi w/ woven sayagata blue gold red green white
A gorgeous heavy antique maru obi with a bold woven sayagata pattern in gold red green and white on a deep blue background. This excellent piece can be used as an obi but would also be perfect for making projects from – cushions, purses or bags, or anything needing a lush but durable fabric to work with.
Maru obis are more unusual in that they are patterned on both sides of the entire length of the obi, making them more expensive to make, and heavier than the usual modern fukuro (which is usually only patterned on 60% of the front face only).
Some very slight blemishes/slight spots/very minor chafing, but otherwise in very good/excellent condition for its age (i.e.taking into account its antique status) and wearable. (see photos)
This obi measures 392 cm long and is 31.2 cm wide.
• Maru Obi: A type of obi. The maru obi is the most formal obi, with both sides fully patterned and pattern along its entire length. The classic maru obi measures 33cm wide. Maru obi with narrower width can be custom made for a petite client. The maru obi is usually made of elaborately patterned brocade or tapestry, which is often richly decorated with gold threads. However, due to its exorbitant cost and weight (which makes it uncomfortable to wear), the maru obi is rarely worn today, except for traditional Japanese weddings and other very formal occasions. Both outside and backside are beautifully patterned.
Fully patterned Maru-Obi appeared in the end of Edo era, 1603 to 1687 and it was most popular during the Meiji and Taisho eras. In the Edo era, Maru-Obi was luxurious and the most formal one for wealthy people. Due to its thickness, Maru-Obi can’t be folded in half like contemporary Obi. So, it is worn unfolded. Even if it looked gorgeous, it was hard to wear because of its thickness and heaviness. Moreover, it was expensive. These days, Fukuro-Obi (double fold-Obi) is worn instead of it. Maru-Obi is worn only on the special occasions such as wedding
• Sayagata: the swastika is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, is made 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.