Sakiori obi (rag weave sash)
Silk wefts,cotton warps

Sakiori obi are constructed of fabric remnants that were deliberately shredded into thin strips, then rolled into thick threads, and finally re-woven and re-purposed. In this obi, remnants from at least five separate textiles are visible. The price of textiles was high, so they were used until they literally fell apart. Textiles that could not be used for anything else wound up as cleaning rags. Sakiori obi were an elegant way to preserve investments while still dressing stylishly.