A 19th Century Man's Obi: Central Line of Basketweave

$90.00 USD

mid to late 19th century
142" x 3 1/4", 361 cm x 8 cm

The beautifully colored, subtly-toned, blue-on-blue woven cotton obi was intended to be worn by a man.

It shows a sophisticated design that speaks to the taste of Japan in the 19th century: it shows a woven basket weave or kuzushi design that runs down the center of the obi. This kind of kuzushi pattern was wildly popular during the end of the Edo and early Meiji eras and endless variants on this pattern exist. 

This particular variant on kuzushi is not often seen.

A lovely thing that shows a sophisticated design and execution.