This is a vintage Maru obi
with a design of 'housouge'(large karabana flower) and flower diamond on 'shippou-tsunagi'(jointed four circles), which is embroidered.
Gold foil threads woven on the background and design are gorgeously shining.
Textile is exquisite silk and has soft and comfortable touch.
Embroidered design is on Otaiko and Maegara( front patterned part) of one side and Tare end of wrong side. (It has a few embroidered parts on wrong side of Otaiko.)
Stitches of Tare end and Tesaki are coming loose. Tears can be seen on Tare end.
Discoloration can be seen overall.
There are several other flaws such as a rather prominent folding line, smudges on the line and overall small patinas (the 2nd flaw photo).
Please check detail photos.
It can't be tied, because of tears on Tare end.
However, we hope you enjoy this retro design of vintage as a handicraft material!