This is a Tsume tsuzure Nagoya obi
with a design of vibrant flower basket, which is woven.
It is gorgeous piece which is woven with lots of gold and silver foil threads.
It is woven by Kawashima Weaving Co, one the most famous obi weavers.
There is a gunpai-mark(referee's fan), which is distinct features of textile woven by Kawashima.
Textile is thick silk and has smooth touch.
It is sewn as 'tunnel-shitate'( both side hems are not closed, and it looks as if it was tied as nijudaiko ).
Maegara(front design) is only one side.
When you start wrapping the obi from your left tummy to right(Rotate obi clockwise), designed side of Maegara will show.
One threads by one threads, it was woven elaborately with nails, and it had to be taken incredibly long time to be completed. It has special kind of comfortable and medium touch of Tsume tsuzure
It also has "Hatsurikou" (small gap in the boundaries of colors), which is the distinctive feature of Tsume tsuzure
Discoloration is slight so it is not disturbing.
Besides it has a folding line and blackish smudges along the line.
Please check photos for details.
If these flaws do not bother you, it could be still worn.
Please enjoy its luxurious design adding extra elegance to your kimono fashion!
*Kawashima Textiles Co.*
In 1843, company founder, Jimbei Kawashima, opened a fabrics store in Nishijin, Kyoto.
Now Kawashima has two ongoing businesses, traditional garments/textiles and interior products, such as curtains.
The three lines and Gunpai, referee's fan, emblem are the two significant marks of the brand.
The brand is famous because their products and design are elegant, detailed and sophisticated.
Their Hon Fukuro obi
is especially highly evaluated for its comfortableness and evenness in thickness.