This obi design has motifs of wisteria, plum, pine, bamboo leaf which express the beautiful seasons in Japan. The multiple dyes emphasize the flowering atmosphere of seasons.
Plum and Bamboo
By looking at its color scheme, this is an another obi targeted for younger generation. Very simple large-size motifs remind us of playful child.
Fabric color may look too bold, but it will settle with right selection of kimono.
This design is stitched long time ago and is lined as "Matsuba Obi" which literally means "Pine needle Obi." It looks like a pine needle when it is folded.
Strong contrast of plum and trunk gives impression that this obi is made for younger generation and is stylish.
This is an autumn obi with chrysanthemum motif. Color scheme is very vivid, however, the selection of colors seems to harmonize each other.
Selecting colors on colorful fabric is quite a challenge.
Melody of Cosmos
This obi is stitched with Fuzzy effect. Because there are gaps in between threads, atmosphere will become subtle.
This motif is chrysanthemum and petals are stitched with braided cord effect. Interesting yet effective choice of technique.
The motif here is deers eating bush clover. Since this is dyed obi, it is important to make the embroidery light. Not as heavy as Gold fabric obi, as dyed obi is worn for more casual occasions.
This obi is composed by crane motif and kikko motif. Kikko's hexagon shape is also refers to turtle shell. From old days, a combination of crane and turtle is considered to be a symbol of good fortune as they both have long life.
This obi is combination of dye and embroidery. The waves are stitched with white silk and silver metallic thread leaving color dye in background. The surging wave is well expressed by weft foundation layer, line of staggered, and couching techniques.
Flower among Egg
This obi is considered to be an unique one for placing eggs and flowers as design. Gold leaf is applied inside of the eggs by a gold leaf professional. We prefer to collaborate with other craftsman to express something which can not be done only by an embroiderer.
This obi is made of Ro fabric. It is quite simple design, but stitcher must be very mindful for the tension of thread and fabric to avoid wrinkle. As Ro fabric is thinner than other fabrics, it is worn during the summer.
Bush warbler on maple branch. Usually, simple design like this requires speed and brush stroke-like stitches to express the seasonal atmosphere.
Five Festival Series - Mums & Arabesque
The Chrysanthemum Festival is one of the five major festivals in Japan. The yellow (orange) and white chrysanthemums represents gold and silver, while the many petals of this flower symbolize prosperity and suggest the sun. Because of its scent, color, and vitality, the chrysanthemum is used to celebrate one of the five festivals of Japan.
The design shows chrysanthemums on a trellis. The trellis is covered with a Western arabesque design. Both Eastern and Western motifs were combined in this piece, in the hope that the world will become one through beauty.
A Rooster with Flower
Working on the bird design is a blessing experience as it will develop individual's skill of diagonal layer.
Successful result of diagonal layer will add a movement to the whole atmosphere.
His head crest is stitched with knot technique which creates an expression of the real one.
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At this gentle season,
May you find time to enjoy
Life's simple blessings and the
Beauty of each moment.
From Japanese Embroidery Center
The scene of this embroidery is of famous place in Japan. The buildings and trees are not embroidered heavily so that it will be suitable for lady's costume. Indeed, it is a nostalgic scenery of Japan.
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Today, I would like to introduce a design from Series Book II, Spring Festival. Umbrella is arranged with spring flowers.
This obi will be perfect for a time when cherry flowers are about to bloom.
Fabric is dyed with dark orange in the center and light orange. The flower patterns of gold leaf are applied after, then the embroidery. Tremendous endeavors of each artisan makes a great impression.
I can feel the energy from this design. What do you feel from this design?
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Spring and Autumn Scenary
Hello! This traditional design was taken from Goshodoki, which literally means "liberation of noble design". From early Edo period, general public were given permission to use noble designs which were only worn by the courts.
Despite of all of the restrictions and rules given by the government, Japanese embroidery was passed on without interruption for more than 1500 years. I sometimes wonder, why was it possible? It must be adored by everyone regardless of their backgrounds.
It is our utmost joy to be able to share this art to people around the world like you!
Now is a season of wisteria in Japan. Wisteria (known as fuji in Japan) is said to be one of the archipelago's most ancient noted flowering trees, even being described in the collected poems of the Man'yōshū (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves). Pattern you see is taken from old motif around that era.
There are purple, light pink, and white flowers.
When we pick silk threads, It is so enjoyable.
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The term "Japanese iris" encompasses three species of Irises cultivated in gardens or growing wild in Japan: hanashōbu (Iris ensata), kakitsubata (Iris laevigata) and ayame (Iris sanguinea). Of these three species, Iris ensata is the one most commonly referred to as "Japanese iris" outside of Japan.
It is one of the major flower widely used for the motifs of obi and kimono in Japan.
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Cooling off in the Evening
This typical light-fabric obi is worn around the time when people can anticipate the atmosphere of autumn. The combination of dye and late summer motifs gives soothing impression. I'm sure you will be able to imagine the sound of bell cricket in the cage too!
Many people enjoyed stitching this piece as majority of them experienced the serenity of nature and sound of peacefulness.
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Preparing for the Journey
The theme of this obi design is about a lady street performer (drum, dance, etc) who travels one place to another part of Japan. Combination of solid stitches (for drum, hat and fan) and fuzzy stitches on hanabishi (flower diamond) gives great contrast on dyed fabric.
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