Vintage rokutsuu fukuro obi w/ woven sayagata
A beautiful silk vintage obi, this rokutsuu (60% patterned) fukuro obi has a gorgeous sayagata pattern woven in silver thread on a white ground, inside of diamond shapes.
It is in vintage excellent condition and measures 31 cm wide by 408 cm long.
Of this length, there is patterning on the end to 40 cm, then a plain section of 102 cm, and finally the man visible section at 266 cm long.
This obi is in great shape and coupe be worn as an obi, or deconstructed for the excellent fabric which would be great for making bags, purses or other hard wearing uses. Obi fabric is woven extra well to put up with the tying and untying it will go through.
- Fukuro obi (袋帯 , “pouch obi) is a grade less formal than a maru obi and the most formal obi actually used today. It has been made by either folding cloth in two or sewing two pieces of cloth together. If two cloths are used, the cloth used for the backside of the obi may be cheaper and the front cloth may be, for example, brocade. Not counting marriage outfits, the fukuro obi has replaced the heavy maru obi as the obi used for ceremonial wear and celebration. A fukuro obi is often made so that the part that will not be visible when worn is of smooth, thinner and lighter silk. A fukuro obi is about 30 centimetres (12 in) wide and 360 centimetres (11.8 ft) to 450 centimetres (14.8 ft) long.When worn, a fukuro obi is almost impossible to tell from a maru obi. Fukuro obi are made in roughly three subtypes. The most formal and expensive of these is patterned brocade on both sides. The second type is two-thirds patterned, the so-called “60 % fukuro obi” rokutsuu, and it is somewhat cheaper and lighter than the first type. The third type has patterns only in the parts that will be prominent when the obi is worn in the common taiko musubi.
- 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.