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These incredible colors come from all natural dyes and the heavy use of pure gold threads. It is a stunning example of the most difficult to find of priceless Obi from Japan.
DESCRIPTION: In this exquisite Maru Obi, what stands out immediately is the tremendous amount of Pure Gold threads woven into the design. The Gold has been woven into the intricacy of the pattern, creating an overall sheen to this Obi that is unparalleled. Add to this the depth and brilliance of the remaining colors, with the inclusion of the rare shades of Pink, and this is a stunning example of the very best Obi to have been produced in old Japan. The design is absolutely magnificent, with little space that is not occupied by a traditional symbol of Japan: the stylized Pine (“Matsu”) representing longevity, the gorgeous Gold Clouds (“Kumo”), and the magnificent Plum Blossoms (“Ume”) symbolizing more than beauty in the Orient as they appear early in the year, braving the last of the winter snows. Each of these elements stands for something significant in the life of the woman who wore this Obi. The overall effect of this Obi is one of great wealth and beauty, while the gold stripes at the bottom of the pattern denote that a woman of high rank and status in Japanese society wore this Obi.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: This is an extraordinary example of the most elaborate of the “Maru” Obi to be hand woven for Japanese women before the turn of the century. A Maru Obi is the most formal and expensive of the hand woven Obi. It has but one seam, meaning that the Obi was woven in one continuous panel before being folded over in such a way that the pattern was not lost in the fold.
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Meiji Era (1868 - 1911)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Hand woven of the finest pure Silk and Gold threads in excellent condition.
FINISHED SIZE: 12 ¾ inches wide x 13 ¼ feet long, typical of an old obi.
PRESENTATION: Creates an unusual and glorious wall hanging, either vertically or horizontally, or extraordinary table or chest runner.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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