A Beautiful Sakiori Obi: Muted Colors
ca. early to mid twentieth century
116" x 6 1/2", 294.5 cm x 16.5 cm
Shown here is a sakiori obi, which is a traditional kimono sash that has been woven from a black cotton warp and a weft of shredded, recycled cottons.
The black cotton warp lends a kind of faint grey tint to this piece; the rag weft yarn, overall, is of pale toned cotton, so the end result is a pale or muted colored sakiori obi.
The length of this obi is not continuous: there is a short length of the same cloth that is hand stitched to create this flowing length; this hand stitched segment is not very obvious, but we have shown it in the accompanying detail photos.
As well, there is very faint hole to the piece the size of a small coin: this is more wear than an actual hole, but this, too, is shown in the detail photos on this posting.
A lovely thing--and sakiori obis of this elegant and understated type and with this good age are increasingly hard to find in Japan.