This Japanese vintage faux pearl on sterling Obidome Sash clip with Obijime Cord dates to the mid-century, which at the time Japan sometimes started using the word sterling on their sterling silver pieces and as now required for export. This is a very lovely and well made piece. It is made as a jewelry piece to be worn around the obi. It can also be interchanged with other clothing or worn as a boa. But, its primary intention as an obidome. This was, as most of the others we seem to get, a hard to fit size for the obijime cord and why I decided to do that ahead of time for all our obidome. It is silk in a lovely sherbert green color. There are several, please see the other colors and stones by searching obidome in our store. It is in excellent condition, there is a little dark tarnish or patina on the back pin part only. Although the pearls are faux, the silver is probably about 950 sterlking as is the standard in Japan. A very lovely obidome or sash clip.
Sash clip: Width 1 1/4 inches or 3.17 cm, Height 3/4 inch or 1.90 cm
Sash clip cord 54 inches or 137.16 cm
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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