This rare Japanese vintage sterling silver and pearl obidome was a purchase from the lady who owned it in Japan. An obidome is a decorative piece worn with the obijime cord running through the parts on the back then tied around the obi of the kimono. According to the owner, this is a rare style obidome to find. It is the style and made of jewelry so considered to be the type to wear with a formal kimono. It is older than we thought after some more info tonight, at least 45 years old. It is a beautifully designed and a well-made open work obidome as a stylized flower surrounded by its leaves and a branch. It is marked ‘Silver’ as is often done in Japan for sterling, and it has tested sterling. Now that I remember where I found this reference must correctly quote it and give credit. The mark of simply ‘Silver’ was used between 1952 and 1970 on Japanese silver export pieces and most often the Japanese silver content is higher than other countries, usually .950. The Akoya pearl has a beautiful creamy color and nice luster. The obidome is in excellent condition. The obijime cord is a coral and silver handmade piece also from Japan which we had previously purchased and found it matched perfectly, but we do have two or three others that are simple solid colors that will fit, please inquire- purple, a light blue, and a couple of others- and you can also see the other obidome for other examples. It is the perfect accessory with the new fashion trend for kimono dressing which have hit the U.S. runways and high fashion stores in the last several years. This piece could be worn with either a formal kimono or casual kimono jacket of any of the new styles. It could also be used to revive the trend of 70's in boa ties- this one for women. We have a few other colors obidome that will go well with this including a purple one, if you would like a picture or have a color in mind please let us know; this obidome is much easier to fit with an obijime cord than the others. These actually qualify as jewelry and after the category changes I asked them to add the category Kimono and Accessories, and for now thought they would look best here with the kimono which are, of course, also worn by men.
Obidome: 1.77 inches or 4.5 cm
Pearl: 8 mm
Weight: 7.4 grams without obijime cord
Metal: Silver, at least .925, possibly 950
Obijime cord length: Approx 4.9 ft.
Please See our many other obidome by searching for 'obidome' in our store as they are in the jewelry category,of all materials, motifs and colors.
Obidome 帯ドーム Obi dōmu
An obidome is a decorative item worn over the obi which is tied around the kimono. A long tie called an obijime of various materials, sizes and colors depending on the fitting size on the obidome is threaded through the two loops on the back. The obijime is then tied around to the back of the obi. Obidomes such as the ones we have are usually worn with casual kimono. For formal kimono, obidome made of jewelry such as the sterling and pearl one we have; are worn. Obidomes are beautiful items and can be carved out of materials such as wood, bone, ivory, coral or jade; or a metal fitting is made to hold the obidome cabochon stones, like those we have. In the old days of the Edo period, women would wear the samurai's katana from their swords as their obidome. At the turn of the century this became against the law, so they started making obidomes as described. I have many ideas about other things I would like to create with obidome.
The Obijime Cord or belt sash:
An obidome is a decorative piece worn at the waist over an obi on the kimono. An obijime cord runs through the hand formed settings on the back, then this is wrapped around and tied over the Obi worn around the waist over a kimono. If not for conventional kimono dressing, it can also be used in other ways on an obijime such as on boa styled necklace, or as the main pendant on a necklace. Or, it can be pinned to anything, including a scarf. A new idea I just had was to use silk Japanese material as a belt not an Obi then wrap the obidome and obijime around that. This would look great with certain outfits. So excited! Our first new/ old set of obijime came in. These age to between 20-50 years old per the seller. Some may have stains, but so far not too bad. We chose what we felt were the best fit color wise for what we have. In order to fit them on most of the obidome we had to/ will have to cut the frayed ends off, which the ladies from Japan assured me happens all the time. So, we are leaving as is an up to you whether to end-cap or fray them again! Most of them are approximately 45 long, some a few cm shorter, all of them are 9mm wide and 2mm thick. They are all silk so research and care should be taken before cleaning.
See the page on Men's and Women's Kimono and accessories on Wiki for more information.
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