Vintage men’s kaku obi for dance w/ woven sayagata
A lovely men’s kaku obi for dance. Made of green and silver synthetic fabric with a woven sayagata pattern.
Its’s in excellent condition. It measures 336 cm long by 10.6 cm wide.
Kaku obi (角帯, “stiff obi”) is another obi used by men. A formal kaku obi is about 10 centimetres (3.9 in) wide and 400 centimetres (13 ft) long. Depending on its material, colours and pattern, it is suited to any and all occasions from everyday wear to a close relative’s funeral. A kaku obi typically is made of hakata-ori (and thus a Hakata obi, which has length-wise stripes), or from silk pongee, silk gauze, silk damask. It is worn in the simple kai-no-kuchi knot.
• 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.