This Japanese vintage obidome of Arita-yaki porcelain with obijime cord was made about 20-30 years ago. An obi-dome 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 such as in the style of a boa, or as the main pendant on a necklace. It is a sash clip on a sash cord which is used as decoration around the obi of a kimono, but can be used in other ways in modern kimono dressing. This one is made from Arita ware porcelain in the fashion of a pomegranate, one of the favorite fruits of Japan and one of my favorites when we lived there. The sash clip cord or obijime is 100% silk. An obidome is an item that is tied deeply to Japanese culture and could also be showcased by the serious collector. The pomegranate is a fruit that contains hundreds of edible seeds called arils. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and bioactive plant compounds, and natural sugars.
We are not yet sure of the kiln name, but it is a large and wonderful obidome or sash clip as a bright and colorful pomegranate and leaves on a branch highlighted in gold and silver. It is a handmade piece. It is very delicate and fine. It is hand-painted and glazed. I recognized the kanji for 'Arita' on the gold label as '有田', and I believe the next two kanji actually say porcelain, or 'jiki' or '磁器'. all together it most certainly says Arita Porcelain Obidome, 有田 磁器 帯ドーム-. I believe part of the last kanji is 'obi' which is written 帯 but cannot find the correct translation yet for obidome as it is not one word in Japanese. I will get some help with the rest of it. The smaller sticker belongs in the other Arita obidome box, not in this one. It is a great piece, with both gold and silver painted on the leaves, from left to right. It is a beautiful piece in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. The cord still has the tag that says 100% silk so most likely new. We are showing with another color we have if one prefers, but it only comes with one. The silk cord should be hand washed or wiped clean with something organic and not too much dampness. If not worn as an obidome, it can be pinned to just about anything. A great porcelain Japanese obidome, I think these last two of Arita made will just about complete our collection of different types. We have other lovely obidome each with a different type stone or made of something different, all can be seen at once by searching on the word 'obidome' in the search bar.
Obidome Width 2.6 inches or 66 mm, Height 1.3 or 33 mm, Thickness 0.8 inches or 20.32 mm, Weight 70 grams.
Obijime Cord Needs to be confirmed, about 45 inches or 114.30 cm
Please see our other obidome of all materials, sizes, and prices! They all have obijime cords and some with color choices, as we found it was often hard to find obijime to fit certain sizes so I matched these all up for our customers!
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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