A Beautiful Rustic Textured Sakiori Obi: Rag Weave
early to mid twentieth century
126" x 8 3/4", 320 cm x 22.25 cm
This is a very good looking sakiori obi, which is a rustic, traditional kimono sash that is woven using shredded cloth as its weft yarn.
The weft yarns are rich in texture as can be easily seen in the accompanying detail photographs: note that about 1/3 of the obi is woven as a kind of monochrome: this is probably the case because this length of the obi would be hidden and therefore an attempt at a decorative or variegated weaving of the obi is not necessary for a good portion of the textile as it will not be seen.
The pink tones of the striped area of the obi are beautiful and the purple and orange "monochrome" area are also lovely to see, especially in contrast to the striped area of the obi.
A beautifully executed folk textile.