This post has a lovely story.
One of our members Irene Burton has a treasured Japanese friend Keiko. Last September Irene received a surprise gift from Keiko – a Japanese obi. This is a long wide sash which is traditionally used to secure a kimono around the waist.
Here’s what Keiko wrote about this particular obi:
” This obi was made about 100 years ago. This is what my grandmother used, then my mother used, after that I used (only once). The 30 years, this was sleeping in the chest……………Please refer to the old Japan embroidery. This obi with floral patterns, an iris, a pink, a bellflower, a paulownia flower, a mallow and a ripple of sea…..”
Then Stewart Bath took on the challenge of photographing it. He had great difficulty getting a photo of the obi as a whole because it’s so long that it requires special equipment to fold and hang – something he hasn’t got. But he had a go and here it is:
And here’s a close look at the embroidery that Keiko mentions:
Did you enjoy looking at the obi?
Well here’s another treat…..
Japanese Embroidery from Italia Invita 2013
At Italia Invita there was a stand displaying some stunning Japanese embroidery. I took a couple of photos and thought you might also like to see them:
Irene – thank you for sharing with us the story of your friendship with Keiko and her awesome gift of the obi. It’s very special.
Keikosan – arigato (thanks) and a deep bow.