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Item No#406669
ItemFukuro Obi
Conditionvery good
Size width
31cm  12 1/4"
412cm  162 1/4"
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This is a graceful vintage Hon Fukuro obi with 'kikko' (tortoise shell) flower circles pattern, which is woven.
Lots of gold and silver foil threads are woven on the vivid pattern.
Textile is exquisite silk and has soft touch.
The length is rather short. 412cm(13ft 6.2in)
This piece was woven by Kawashima Weaving Co., one of the most famous obi weavers.
You can see the three lines and 'gunpai'(referee's fan) mark on the tare end, which are the evidence of Kawashima's obi.

It has discoloration and tiny patinas on the base due to its age.
It has rather prominent and tiny stains on 'otaiko'(square bow). (3rd flaw photo)
Although there is no photo of it, it has a rather big stain on 'maegara' (front pattern on belly) of Kanto-maki (rotate obi counterclockwise) side.
It is disturbing.
It also has some other flaws such as folding lines.
For the details, please refer to the photos and figure.

Though it has some flaws by ages, please enjoy its full taste of vintage!

*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.

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