Obi in two pieces
Tsumugi (raw silk)
Tapestry weave, supplementary metallic weft threads

Unlike the traditional obi, this contemporary informal obi comes in two pieces, and is far easier to tie. The piece above has been sewn end seam to end seam, so it forms a circle. The circle has been flattened, and is meant to look like an obi knot. This will be the centerpiece of the wearer’s back.

The piece below is the five foot long sash, which will be threaded through the circular piece, and tied with two slim cotton cords. Both pieces fold flat.

Here is the unfolded piece that will wrap around the waist.

A close up of the design.

The reverse of the design.

A close up of the weave and threads.