Jacquard weave

The very muted color scheme of this obi stands in stark contrast to its vibrant theme of seashells.

The bounty of the sea is often associated with spring, and the tides that wash shellfish onto the shore. According to Fukusa: Japanese Gift Covers, by Akihiko Takemura*, shell gathering at low tide was a favorite pastime of Japanese women, with some of the harvest taken home to eat, and some shared with neighbors.

* Akihiko Takemura. Fukusa, Japanese Gift Covers. (Tokyo: Iwasaki Bijutsu-sha, 1991)