Obi (kimono belt)

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Item Value: $300

  • Item Number: 58

  • Minimum Bid: $150

  • Minimum Bid Increment: $10

  • Auction Donor: Jennifer Pierce


An obi is a belt worn with traditional Japanese clothing and uniforms. It began as just a thin cord, but evolved into a variety of widths, lengths and can be tied in a simple bow or with intricate designs. Obi are categorized by their design, formality, material, use, etc. and are often more costly than the kimono they will be worn with. This obi can be worn, displayed, used as a table runner, etc.
The former owner of this obi was an adventurous woman and descendant of a Hiroshima samurai family who made her way to Fresno, CA briefly before returning to Japan. She was a Master of Tea Ceremony, an accomplished calligrapher and a published haiku poet. She wore this obi as she went about her daily Japanese rituals. Traditional Japanese clothing often become family heirlooms- passed down from generation to generation. You can be the next chapter in the history of this garment! (This garment comes with a document detailing a more complete history.)

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