Vintage silk obi cushions

Ref: LV 1619

A pair of cushions handmade from an oriental
gold fan (Uchiwa) and floral embroidery design
vintage obi woven with real gilt and silk thread
Backed with vintage kimono silk
Japanese Mid-Showa Period circa 1955

Size: 12 x 17 in / 30.5 x 43 cm

£295.00 for the pair

Obi, meaning sash, is a belt for traditional Japanese dress generally worn as part of kimono outfits. The obi for a man’s kimono is rather narrow, 10 cm wide at most, but a woman’s formal obi can be as wide as 30 cm and more than 4 metres long. The most intricate and colourful obis are generally made out of brocade for unmarried women and can often cost more than the kimono robe.

Obis frequently carry a variety of symbols. These cushions are embroidered with golden fans (Uchiwa) and a type of Chrysanthemum known as ‘Steamed Bun’ (Manjukiku) because it resembles a puffy dessert of the same name. The fan is a symbol of prosperity and gold ones are considered to attract wealth. Chrysanthemums are an auspicious symbol of beauty, rejuvenation and longevity.

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