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Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
mid- to late-20th century

Medium & Support
silk brocade

161 in x 12 ¼ in (408.94 cm x 31.12 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Kazuko Miyake

Subject matter

This is a Nishiki, Nishijin, fukuro obi in rokutsuu gara.

Fukuro Obi is double-layered  single sided obi in which two separately woven surfaces and back pieces of cloth are stitched together. This type of obi is typically only worn at weddings or other formal occasions.

Nishijin-ori textiles were developed in the Nishijin area of Kyoto city and has dominated the production of high-quality woven textiles since the fifteenth century. The production of Nishijin textiles is very complex and is specialized in five main areas—designing and creating patterns, producing silk threads, producing tools (including weaving machines), weaving, and final sewing—each executed in a different workshop. 

Nishiki is a type of vibrant silk brocade with vivid and luxurious images using various colorful  and metallic (mainly gold and silver). Nishiki brocade is mainly produced in the Nishijin area of Kyoto.

Gara refers to the orientation, arrangement, and surface area of the patterns and pertains to a specific trend and obi tying style.

The Rokutsuu gara type derives from a specific tying style, the Otaiko musubi.  The areas of the obi that are visible in this style are patterned while the parts that are obscured are left blank. In terms of surface area, roughly sixty percent is patterned while forty percent is left blank.

Physical Description

white fukuro (single-sided) obi with gold tiled clouds and yukiwa (petaled snowflake) motifs containing various gradated red, white,orange, blue, and violet karahana (stylized Chinese floral motifs).

Primary Object Classification
Costume and Costume Accessories

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brocade (textile)
red colors
silk (silkworm material)
yellow colors

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