This Japanese vintage natural light Coral Obidome will come with one of the obijime sash cord shown of your choice. These are the last two objime cords we have in the small size. I like the salmon color with it, but it clearly will go with just about any color. The blue sash cord has a repeating pattern in it that includes cream and black colors and would also go well. The coral itself is a fine natural piece. While the 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. It may be that they sent a different one which is fine with us as this is gorgeous. The veins or branches if those are the right words, can be seen on the pictures of the ends of each side. 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 with the new fashion trend for kimono dressing which have hit the U.S. runways and high fashion stores. 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 jewelty after the category changes I have nowhere to put them and asked them to add the category Kimono and Accessories, Sizing:
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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