MORE ABOUT OBI
There are four representatives of Obi. Here are the information about them.
Maru Obi tend to be made of the finest brocade, elegant and most formal . They are fully patterned on both sides and usually most expensive. It's length is about 4m(4 1/4ya) and
the width is 30cm(12inch).
*Either end can be short or trail section.
Fukuro Obi is very similar to Maru Obi in length and width, but only one side has pattern. Only visible part when worn with kimono is pattered.
And usually the patterned side sixty percent is patterned while the rest part has no patterns. It is also used in formal or semi-formal occasion.
*You can make use of the section by folding or gathering.
Nagoya Obi has a unique asymetrical shape with part of it folded and stitched.
Some are fully patterned and some are sixty percent patterned. The length is a bit shorter, 314-345cm(123-136") than other two obis ( width - 12.2" ). There are various designs for Nagoya Obi.
It is used for mostly young or unmarried women. You can unstitch the seam and use just like other obi, but this shape can easily make an interesting angle on the chest, cofee table and other furniture.
*You can cut the patterned part if it is only sixty percent patterned. It will be suitable for placing on a smaller chest or table.
Hanhaba Obi, the half the width obi is very much in demand. There are some young Japanese Kimono wearers recently and they love this kind of obi ,because it is easy to tie and invent new bows. We know many Japanese women who cannot tie obi except Hanhaba Obi. The size is ideal for placing on mantels, tieing around flower pots or vases and wall hanging. With Hanhaba Obi, you can experiment any kind of decor in your house.
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