This Japanese vintage hematite gemstone and mixed silver metal obidome comes with a 100% silk purple obijime cord. Both pieces were purchased from Japan, from different sellers. Both were noted to be vintage. The patina on the setting has the appearance of mixed metal with silver, testing blue which is just under 50% silver from what I can tell but cannot be sure until my replacement chemicals get here, it is tarnished like it is more. The setting is a full design made for this stone, which increases the value of the obidome piece itself. To me it is one of the nicer pieces we have, although in general hematite is not an expensive stone (see more on any gemstone site about Hematite); and because of the setting. Many of those we have are with the two catch settings and not like this one. The stone is beveled cut and highly polished and the pictures do not do it justice for how beautiful and very classy it is. The obijime cord had to be cut to go through the prongs as all of them have been and many dealers in Japan assured me this happens all the time, we left it uncut on one end. It can be re-shredded but we will leave that up to the buyer and Sharon is not the best seamstress in the world. My best guess is it will slowly do so itself and will need a reinforcement stitch on the end. This obidome requires an obijime of the "sanbu-himo" size. The sanbu himo is 9cm wide and 2cm thick or less. Or, it can be pinned to just about anything. 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. If not for conventional kimono dressing, it can also be used in other ways on an objime such as a in style of a boa, or as the main pendant on a necklace. 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, Both pieces are in excellent condition, other than the end cut on the obijime cord. Please review how to clean both on the internet before trying to clean. We are leaving the patina on the setting. The 100% silk cord should be hand washed.
Obidome SIZE: Length 320 mm, 3.2 cm, 1.26" weight: 12 grams
Obijime cord: Approx 45" in Length, 9 mm wide and 2 mm thick
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.
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