This Japanese Vintage Obidome Sash clip of Agate stone on Matching Sash Cord is a combination of ages and something we put together like the rest of the obidome in our store. The stone itself is probably newer than the silk cord, with the stone being about 30-40 years old, and the cord probably older. Because the obidome are often hard to fit, we made the decision to add sash cords to all of them. The agate is in excellent carved and polished condition with nicely beveled edges, and the color in the first and last picture are the most accurate. It sit in a gold toned setting, which may be bronze or mixed metal, as it has a patina to it. Obidome can become quite elaborate especially as some were in the olden days. It can also be worn as a boa or any other accessory that one might think of! The obidome has no chips or cracks. It has been reaility tested. The silk obijime cord is gently used and has no stains. It is an artisan made and upcycled obidome with the obijime cord, and can be worn with traditional or modern kimono dressing which was still on the runway this past season. We have found they are still very popular!
Agate stone: Width 1.5 inches or 3.911 cm, Height 1 inches or 2.54
Sash cord: 57 inches or 144.78 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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