This is a vintage Maru obi
with kai-awase(shell matching game in the Heian period) design.
It has been embroidered elaborately with colorful threads, which is so beautiful!
Elegant flowers, butterfly, and traditional pattern are designed inside the shell.
Textile is silk and has soft touch.
It has been woven diamond pattern on the base.
Maegara(front design) is only one side.
So if you start wrapping from your left tummy to right(rotate obi clockwise), it will show.
The length is rather short, 12'4"(376cm).
It is discolored and has patinas due to its old age.
There are some small stains, folding lines, smudges, frays, and so on.
Also it has other flaws, so please check detail photos.
It has some flaws because of its old age.
However, we would like you to enjoy this fascinating embroidered design of vintage at your hands!