A Mid-Century Shifu Obi: Paper Weft Yarn
ca. mid twentieth century
120" x 6 1/2", 305 cm x 16.5 cm
This orange and cream colored obi is richly textured and is woven from a warp of silken yarns (likely jinken or rayon) and a weft of commercially produced paper yarn.
By looking carefully at the accompanying photos you can see that the orange colored passages are in part due to undyed paper weft yarns which have been wrapped by orange threads.
The obi is in fair, used condition and bears two red ink stamps, which are the maker's marks, and which are shown on the accompanying photos. The short ends are machine stitched. There is a stain or mark to the obi, shown in photos, one end is slightly sun faded as compared to the other, and the entirety shows faint, ingrained wrinkles.
Even with all its little quirks, this is still a lovely obi.