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Item No#388587
ItemFukuro Obi
Conditionvery good
Size width
31.5cm  12 1/2"
418cm  164 1/2"
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This is a fashionable Hon-Fukuro obi with dynamic "Karabana"(imaginary Chinese flower) 'Karakusa'(arabesque) pattern, which is woven by Tatsumura with brand name 'Tatsumura'.
The vivid color pattern on the black background has a lot of woven foiled threads.
Textile is exquisite soft silk.
It is relatively short.(418cm/13'8")
Although it doesn't bother to wear it, both 'taresaki'(end of wide part) and 'tesaki'(end of folded part) ends are roughly sewn.

There is another 'otaiko'(square bow) pattern 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.

Although it's not mentioned on the figure, there is discoloration on the pattern and other areas due to its age.
There are white stains around 'maegara' (front pattern on belly) which are relatively noticeable due to the black background.(refer to the 2nd flaws photo)
There are some other flaws such as noticeable folding lines.
For the details, please refer to the photos and figure.

It is in good condition as an old piece.
Enjoy wearing the tasteful design.

*Heizo Tatsumura*
The first generation Heizo Tatsumura is known for an authority of reconstruction of ancient fragment, and he raised his work created by the collection of the skill of the texture to the level of the art textile.
There are three weaving factories, 'Tatsumura Art Textile', 'Tatsumura Textile', 'Koho Tatsumura', inherited from the first Heizo.
They continue to research for the ancient fragment and inherited the tradition of weaving art creation based on it.
They have been producing original arts which are universally recognized.

*Approx background color - black

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