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Obi

Accession Number
2016/2.57

Title
Obi

Artist(s)
Japanese

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
mid- to late-20th century

Medium & Support
silk

Dimensions
170 in x 12 in (431.8 cm x 30.48 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Kazuko Miyake

Subject matter

This is a Sha fukuro obi in zentsuu gara.

Ro and Sha textiles, also called usumono, are thin, translucent fabrics used for summer kimonos.

The main difference between Ro and Sha is how they are woven.

Gara refers to the orientation, arrangement, and surface area of the patterns and pertains to a specific trend and obi tying style. In the Zentsuu gara type, the obi is entirely covered with designs, patterns, and motifs. The versatility of this patterning allows for a variety of obi tying styles.



Physical Description

dark violet-blue summer fukuro (single-sided) Obi with an interwoven light beige simplified wave motif.



Primary Object Classification
Costume and Costume Accessories

Primary Object Type
obi

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
dark violet
obis
summer (season)
wave pattern

1 Related Resource

W19 Japanese Scholar Visit with Natsu Oyobe
(Part of: Resources Made by Isabel Engel)

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