This is an another obi with Noh dance costume motif. The color scheme is typical to that of actual costume.
It is good idea to look into traditional colors if you are stitching a design like this.
Formal obi: Poem Papers
People generally understand that if it is stitched on gold fabric, it's a formal obi. Fabric is woven by silk and real gold. For that reason, the fabric is more stiff than dyed obi.
I personally had a chance to stitch the front part (back part or "otaiko" was stitch by well-skilled professional several decades ago) of this obi in Kurenai-kai workshop. I remember that I REALLY had hard time applying the equal level of skillfulness and craftsmanship that of the past professional.
It was such a valuable experience.
The details can be seen from "Japanese Embroidery Book IV" p50-51
Noh Fan Screen - Iris
This design is taken from embroidered screen which Master Iwao Saito produced several decades ago.
Iris motif is commonly used for Noh dance and is stitched with Realistic: alternating long and short stitches. Twisted threads are used to give a volume.
Noh Dance Costume Collage
This traditional obi is decorated with fabric collage with Noh dance motifs. This typical Japanese design is called "Yusoku." Superimposed techniques are used which remind us the heaviness of Noh dance costume.
This obi design is taken from Japanese famous ceiling art. Black fabric is woven with silk and gold threads which gives gorgeous atmosphere.
On the fabric woven in checker board design, there are plum motifs stitched with gold and silver with thick padding underneath. This obi would certainly give a gorgeous atmosphere to an individual. Which color of kimono would you wear?
This obi design has both western and Japanese motifs in stripe. Its colors scheme successfully match with the silver-woven fabric.
This obi has very traditional motifs such as Noh drum, pines, maples, plums and curtain for noble. For this reason, traditional color combination is used.
Many Japanese ladies are interested in motifs that are distinctive. This obi is targeted for such customers. It is quite challenging for stitchers to decide about colors and techniques for working on this type of design.
Obi with interesting design layout. Braided cord techniques are used.
Antique mirror design. Unlike the previous design of bush warbler, this particular piece uses heavy foundation, various colors, braided cord effect to express the dignity of mirror which only the noble could possess in the old days in Japan.
It is named as nejiri-bana, or twisted flower in Japanese. There are various motifs in each section of petals. Designer carefully selected the motifs so that they sit in harmony. Minimum colors were used not to weaken the unity and impression.
This is one of our favorite obi design. Combination of natural flowers and leaves with Kikko (hexagon) is just stunning!
A shippo-shaped motif with cord. Several gold color silks are used. Use of green, blue, red give interesting effect.
PF3084-297 Kikko Jiki Shikunshi
This design was used for the cover for our first English textbook "Traditional Japanese Embroidery Instructions for the Basic Techniques" which was published in 1983.
Even the design was created several decades ago, its beauty has never faded away. The designers and stitchers sought for the best composition, color combination, and craftsmanship.
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PF0172-005 Hishi kamon
This distinctive obi has diamond shape with special gold fabric. Deep, complicated colored fabric matches with the exotic design. Selecting the fabric is a very important task.
Also, there are so many alternative threads you can use. Stitchers may need to decide the colors as they proceed.
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A Pair of Cranes at Dawn
Here's another design of birds. Combination of crane and pine symbolizes longevity and happiness, as pine needle is evergreen and crane has long life.
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Greetings! This obi is one of the example of successful color scheme produced by Master Iwao Saito. Master had an extremely keen sense to the colors and many people dreamed to study under him. We strongly believe his design will convey the essence of Nuido to us and further generations.
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