This Japanese vintage upcycled porcelain flower obidome and obijime through a gold tone clip was made by me, Sharon. An obijime is a decorative piece that is placed on an obijime cord which is wrapped around and tired over the Obi over a kimono. The hand painted porcelain piece is about 30 years old, and was originally made as a chopstick rest. It is very pretty in a sea bluegreen color, with a dark blue stem and brown leaves at the end. I had seen other really nice obidome made from signed famous artist chopstick rests from Japan, and thought it an excellent idea. Some of them are just too pretty not to be anything but worn. All three pieces that went into making this were purchased from three different people in Japan. The obidome and obijime are vintage, the gold obidome clip is not. This comes with a choice of One obijime cord. The obijime cord is a little older about 40-50 years old, I believe. We are showing two matching obijime cords in the last picture, we have one more older lot coming that has a few blue obijime in them, if you would like to wait by purchasing now or putting on layaway.The obidome porcelain and gold tone pieces are in excellent condition, the obijime in good condition- it is silk and could be hand washed. The obidome has just a few age spots on it. I have not tried to clean it since we got it. But, I read a Japanese blog that said they do not necessarily have to match. We are waiting on one more lot, unfortunately it does not have any black in it- which I think would look good. I will recheck our bigger ones but I do not think we have black. I purchased an obidome book, and hope to find the time and opportunity to make some more artistic pieces. We have one more blue signed chopstick rest that we may try to upcycle, I am not sure if the two types of clips I have will fit without covering up the signature. These actually qualify as jewelty after the category changes I have nowhere to put them and asked them to add the category Kimono and Accessories,
Obidome: Length L to R: 2 1/2" or 6.35 cm, 63.5mm; Width top to bottom: 7/8" or 2.22 cm/ 22.2 mm at widest
Obijime cord: Length: Approximately Between 45-49" or 114- 124 cm, (some may be trimmed), 9 mm wide or larger, 3 mm thick )Depending on which you choose, we are happy to further measure for you).
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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