Traditional clothing of the Edo period, (1600-1868), included the kimono and obi as we know them today. The obi did not, however, become a prominent part of a woman’s ensemble until the mid Edo period. It was then that textile designers, weavers and dyers all focused their talent on creating a longer, wider and more elaborate obi such as the Maru Obi shown here.
This Maru Obi (design on both sides) is the most formal of obi, with both sides fully patterned along its length. The classic style, as this is, measures 12.6” or 33cm wide x 149.6” long, and is made of high quality silk. It is made of elaborately patterned brocade, which is richly decorated with gold threads in abird and floral motif on an ivory color background. It was most popular during the Meiji and Taisho eras. Due to its exorbitant cost at the time and weight (which makes it uncomfortable to wear), the Maru Obi is rarely worn today, except for traditional Japanese weddings and other very formal occasions. Americans, having discovered the decorative quality of these textiles, use them for table runners and for wall decoration. Age: 1930s. Excellent original condition with no pulls or stains.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection