This antique hanhaba (half width) style Obi from the Meiji period (1868–1912) features a famous trio seen in Japanese history and culture - Pinetrees, Plum blossom and Bamboo.
These good luck symbols often seen in Japanese art, tableware (ceramics and lacquerware) and traditional clothing around the New Year and affectionately referred to as the 3 'Friends of Winter'. The pine represents courage, the bamboo upstanding character and the plum blossom symbolises purity. What better concept for moving forward into a new year.
We've put some light into these images for you to see the detail however the obi itself is quite demure as was the fashion of time and the colour has become a little muted due to exposure to light and air at various stages throughout the last century or more - as you might expect in an antique piece. Unfortunately we don't know the actual age of this Obi but it was woven sometime in the Meiji era - ageing it somewhere between 100 - 149 years (in 2017).
The base colour is dark gold which catches in the light and the pattern features greens from pine needle to olive, pinkish tones and white.
Given its antique status this beautiful piece is in very good condition - there are a couple of small areas where the weaving has unravelled slightly (see image 3) - which we think adds character and a sense of history. We highly recommend this obi for display purposes only - in order to preserve its beauty.
Note - Please Read before purchase:
As we take every measure to ensure you are advised of the correct sizing and condition prior to purchase - we ask you to please be aware that we don't refund for Obi chosen in error. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries before purchase.
All vintage and antique obi were hand made.
Dry Clean Only
We suggest avoiding cleaning if possible - if you absolutely must - you can try dry cleaning but do be aware there is a risk of damage. This piece should be handled with utmost care and respect.
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