This is a fabulous vintage Maru obi
by Tatsumura Heizo, one of the most famous obi weaver in Kyoto Nishijin.
It has a design of houou(phoenix) in circle with grape arabesque, which is woven.
It also has woven diamond shaped flower design.
Its vibrant Design emerges out dynamically against the ivory background.
Foil threads woven in the design are elegantly shining.
Textile is rather thick Tsuzure silk.
There is woven designer's name, 'Heizo Tatsumura' inside of tare end.
There is another 'otaiko'(square bow) pattern in between 'otaiko' and 'taresaki'(end of wide part) which will be seen inside of 'otaiko' when you tie it.
It is so called "Ura-Taiko" (wrong side taiko).
It makes this obi very luxurious which can be seen just a little bit.
It is the obi which is outstanding from regular 'otaiko' pattern obi.
It has prominent discoloration overall by ages.
There are other flaws such as snags and stains in places.
Please check detail photos.
Though it has some flaws, it still can be tied as a vintage!
Please enjoy its gorgeous design adding extra elegance to your kimono fashion!