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A Group of Thickly Textured Folk Obis

Written on May 22, 2012

Notice I didn’t entitle this post “A Group of Sakiori Obis.”  At first glance this kind of thickly woven, richly textured obi is assumed to be made of ragweave (called sakiori).  Often such obis are of ragweave, but you have to look closer to see if this is the case.Among this group there are obis with a cotton warp and a rag weft.  But in other cases thick yarn is used to feed the weft, which gives the appearance that the obi is sakiori.And in the case of the white and orange obi, above, this is woven from a warp of silk or rayon (probably rayon) and a weft of paper.  Like most of these obis, the paper weft obi dates to the mid twentieth century.This is a  nice group–and they look good together.

I’ve sold a few from the original group which I found in March in Japan, and I will be offering these on the webshop over time.    As I rarely see affordable and attractive sakiori-style obis in Japan anymore, I was quite pleased to have come upon this many good looking obis.

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  1. Comment by BebeTaian:

    At first, I really didn’t see the appeal of sakiori. Compared to the lavish elegance of a darari or modern maru obi, they didn’t have the luxurious image or feel. Now that I’m older, I see why they are so charming- they are comfortable, and relatively cheaply made with tough fibres and scrap fabrics. It is for this reason the obi may be sewn into rugs as well, or rugs are outright woven in this technique. Actually, Ichiroya tends to have quite a few of these for sale; most are relatively cheap.

    I hope to acquire one myself at some point so that I can study the technique and make one on my own!

    May 24, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

  2. Comment by Susan JOHNSON:

    Ragweave’s (sakiori) authenticity, its honesty, elevates it beyond many virtuoso performance weaves. For me, it’s the real deal. Thanks for the wonderful and inspiring set to look at

    May 25, 2012 @ 11:47 am