Okobo are simple elevated sandals that consist of a block of wood from a willow tree with straps on top. Okobo are an uncommon shoe. They are primarily associated with trainee Geisha known as Maiko. Maiko follow a difficult fashion routine that includes elaborate hairstyles and kimono. Okobo make walking more difficult. However, they help Maiko to keep their long susohiki kimono and obi from dragging on the ground.
The base of these Pokkuri Koppori Geta for kimono is fabulously made of wood designed with tsuru (cranes-symbol of longevity) in raised lacquered gilt-cloisonné. The straps are made of fine kimono silk fabric, and the insole is made of bamboo leaves. Underneath there is a small bell. The item is 100% authentic. Its provenance is the Kyoto districts of geisha and maiko, Gion and Pontocho. Okobo belonged to a former maiko of Gion in late 1950s, beginning of the post war era (occupied Japan). Maiko okobo are not wearable. Make them a conversation piece-display in your home.
Length: 8 inches (20.5 cm).
Width: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm).
Height: 3 inches (7.5 cm).
Condition: Excellent vintage. The item is in excellent, very well preserved vintage condition consistent with its age. Item is pre-owned and pre-loved by a real maiko. Okobo pair was not cleaned or repaired. Offered as found. Disclosure: All Japanese items were/are acquired by us, in Japan, assisted by a Japanese expert.
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