This Unusual decorative red obidome sash clip comes with a perfectly matching obijime cord. It is a handmade, lacquered and decorated piece, and dates to the mid-20th century. The seller said was made of bekko. Bekko translates to tortoiseshell in Japanese which is very rare these days, so in this case, it may refer to the substitute material used these days. It is lacquered in a very nice shade of red. It is decorated in 'Ume" or plum flowers first with a silver and gold base that looks very much like makie. The ume are then colored in with multiple colors with a material called raden. Raden is very much like maki-e, in this case much more decorative and sparkly and can be made into more colors that will work together. It makes for a very nice effect and creates a very beautiful decoration on this obidome, most likely one that will continue to last for years. It is signed by the artist on the back, which is unusual to see on an obidome, with the 'zan' or 'made by' mark. Two friends have helped with that and cannot capture the meaning of the last mark in Japanese but we will update this what we have. This is in excellent vintage condition on the front, no marks chips or repairs, On the back rim there is some wear. It is a gorgeous, colorful, obidome- new pictures coming right away.
SIZE: Length 2.36 inches or 6cm, Height top to bottom 1.37 inches or 3.5cm, We will add the lenght of the obijime code when we he picures, it is 9 cm wide as one of the only that will fit through this size obidome holes on the back.
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.
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