This Japanese vintage natural light Coral Obidome will come with one of the obijime sash cord shown of your choice. The salmon color obijime cord goes well with it, but it will go with just about any color. The blue sash cord has a repeating pattern that includes cream and black colors and would also go well. The coral itself is a fine natural piece. While one picture we used from the store has a salmon tint to it, the rest of the pictures are ours and we do not see the salmon color in it at all, it is a natural cream color. The natural weave is seen in the pictures on each ends. The setting is not silver, we think it is stainless or a silver mix. It is a gorgeous piece of carved and polished coral.
This obidome is about 50-60 years old according to the dealer in Japan, so dating to the mid- 20th century. 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. It is the perfect classy accessory for the fashion trend of kimono dressing which hit the U.S. runways and high fashion stores two years ago and has been popular since, not that they were not popular for many of use prior. This piece could be worn with either a formal kimono or casual kimono jacket of a new or traditional style. It could also be used to revive the trend of 70's in boa-I think most are unisex. We have other styles or motif and colors in obidome, the easiest way to find them is to use the search word 'obidome' in our store. This obidome is easier to fit with an obijime cord than some others as the mojority of those we find for sale are 9mm bars on the bark.
See the newest addition under our 'Our Favorites Links' on our home page, a you tube video by Ang Gru on an easy way to test coral for authenticity.
Obidome: Length 2.15" or 54.61mm, Width .1/4" or 5.08 mm (To be confirmed with my ruler)
Obijime cord length: Approx 4.9 ft.
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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