Antique silk Rokutsuu Fukuro obi w/ sayagata and shippo
Amazing bright antique silk fukuro obi with a woven sayagata and shippo designs. Heavy, rich fabric that can be worn as an obi or used for projects of any kind where you would want a very durable, tightly woven fabric that can take repeated folding, purses or wallets for example. Or for smashing looking cushions!
It measures 408 cm long and 30.6 cm wide. It is in excellent antique used condition.
This is a “Rokutsuu Fukuro-obi”, which is 60% patterned.
• Fukuro: A type of Obi (also means a bag). Fukuro means double-fold or bag. The Fukuroobi 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.
• Shippo is an infinitely repeating circular design representing the seven jewels or treasures from the buddhist sutras.