Reclaimed shusu silk from antique fukuru obi
A beautiful piece of deep purple shusu silk reclaimed from an antique fukuro obi. This piece is in antique used excellent condition and measures 425 cm long by 31 cm wide.
Shusu silk is a very lush satin weave that is amazing feeling, almost as if it has a nap, it really wants to be touched!
This piece was part of a reversible orange and purple obi and the reverse piece is also available, in a burnt orange satin silk.
• 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.