This Japanese antique carved bone obidome of a leaf that comes with one obijime sash clip cord dates to the 19th century. This and a similar carved floral pin or brooch was a purchase from Japan. An obijime is a decorative piece that is placed on an obijime cord which is wrapped around and tied 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 the style of a boa, or as the main pendant on a necklace. It is also quite fashionable with the current kimono dressing styles.
Per the dealer this is at least 130 years old. It is in excellent condition, there is dirt in the cracks that need to be removed and it needs to be cleaned then pictures retaken but we are posting as is for now. If you are interested in buying let us know and I will expedite doing this for you. The obidome clips on the back are a low mixed silver, probably about 400 or so we have not tested it, but that is the norm for these type pieces. We have shown two lots of obijime cords to choose one cord from to go with it, we also have two more lots of cords to choose one from, since this is a neutral color we thought we would offer a choice, however not all of the obijime cords fit all of the obidomes so we will have to work with that. A lovely hand card old bone obidome of a leaf. 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,
SIZE: Length 49.21 mm, Height 18.04 mm
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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