Vintage Nagoya Obi

Vintage Nagoya Obi


A Nagoya obi can be told apart from other Obi by its distinguishable structure: one end is folded and sewn in half, the other end is of full width.

A Nagoya obi is shorter than other obi types, at about 315 centimetres to 345 centimetres long, but of the same width, about 30 centimetres.  The Nagoya obi is relatively new. It was developed by a seamstress living in Nagoya at the end of the 1920s. The new easy-to-use obi gained popularity among Tokyo's geishas, from whom it then was adopted by fashionable city women for their everyday wear.  Since the Nagoya obi was originally used as every day wear it can never be part of a truly ceremonial outfit, but a Nagoya obi made from exquisite brocade can be accepted as semi-ceremonial wear. 

The beautiful brocade design of this silk obi features open chrysanthemum flowers surrounded by beautiful foliage from a Japanese garden.  The stunning colours make this a very attractive piece for décor. 

The Chrysanthemum, or Kiku in Japanese, is a symbol that represents longevity and rejuvenation. When first introduced to Japan during the Nara period (710 – 793 AC), the Japanese Royal Family was fascinated with the Chrysanthemum. Eventually, during the passing of the years, the Chrysanthemum become the Imperial Family Emblem.

Product code:  1104

Size:  3.53 m length

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