Vintage silk obi cushions

Ref: LV 1913

A pair of cushions handmade from a
vintage obi woven with real gilt and
silk thread depicting flying cranes
Backed with vintage kimono silk
Japanese Mid-Showa Period circa 1955

Size: 11 ½ x 17 ¾ in / 29 x 45 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 Cranes (Tsuru) which are believed to live for a thousand years and inhabit the land of the immortals. They symbolise longevity and good fortune. A pair represent a happy marriage.

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