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November 29, 2012
An Obi Revisited
Back in February, I sold a stiff metallic obi bolt, likely intended to make a tsuke obi from. Almost a year later, I find out the fate of that unfortunate obi. It's been made into a series of awesome purses!
This is what that obi looked like before it was a set of
purses. I’d say the purses are probably the best thing that could have
ever happened to this obi! You can see from the right side here that it isn't merely folded untidily. That fabric is supporting it's own fold lines that way... because it was packaged that way and wouldn't un-bend. It was difficult to get photos of the obi without the bends affecting how the embroidery showed up in places.
You can also see from the second photo that the te was meant to be folded in half and then worn, but that proved also to be nearly impossible! Surely, it was a sadist who made this fabric into an obi.
Originally, I bought this obi to match a fantastically bright, bold
kuro-tomesode with red, purple, green, gold, and orange details. When I
got it, though… ara! As I've said, it was so stiff, I could barely unfold it just to
take photos! x.x Seriously, I couldn’t tie it at all, and once it bent,
the fabric would STAY bent- usually in the places I didn't mean for it to bend at all!
I considered cutting it to make a pre-tied
obi, but getting through that fabric would require a denim needle… if
that didn’t break. At least it would look perfectly smooth without an
obi-ita. But I never got around to it, and I came to terms with selling
it. And look how awesome and useful it is now! <3
Yoboseiyo, this is great. A purse is perfect for that fabric-
especially since those are the sort that need to retain their shape!
(And good luck getting them out of that shape, once in. LOL.) There are others still for sale, it seems! Check them out!