A Dark and Closely Tonal Sakiori Obi: Browns and Blacks

$95.00 USD
mid twentieth century
108" x 9", 274.5 cm x 23 cm

A sakiori obi is a traditional kimono sash that has been woven from shredded rags that have been transformed into weft yarns: sakiori is the Japanese term for rag weaving.

In making sakiori obi the rags used for making weft yarns are cotton but some are silk, rayon or whatever cloth was available or attractive to use for weft yarn.

In this case the sakiori obi is entirely cotton, both warp and weft. This particular obi is notable for its tight weave, good, used condition and for its somber coloration.

The color tones in this obi are beautifully muted. They are dark browns and almost-blacks which are staggered in narrow, weft-based stripes.

The warp yarns are black colored cotton whose color lend a lovely depth to the overall color of the obi. The obi shows a faint crease down its center which is evidence that it was folded in half when it was worn.

A handsome, old sakiori obi with a mysterious color.