Condition: Excellent

Japanese Traditional Maru Obi – Symbols of the Royal Court | 1940s

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”or 379.9cm long, and is made of high quality silk. It is made of elaborately patterned brocade, which is richly decorated with gold threads with symbols of the royal court as the 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: Showa 1940s. Excellent original condition, no pulls or stains.

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