Obi
Silk
Tapestry weave (computerized?)

This obi depicts an old traditional farm house and farm land. The stark and slightly chunky lines echo twentieth century Japanese woodblock prints, which celebrated the wood as an integral part of the design, in contrast with the 18th century woodblock prints of such masters as Utamaro, which defied the nature of the wood and strove for a painterly result.

Most of the obi consists of a red ground with black stripes at varying intervals, and the reverse is solid red. The two complex designs, above, coincide with the two focal points of the tied obi, and are woven lenghwise or widthwise to reflect the way the obi will be tied to seen by the viewer at the correct angle.

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