A Woman's Kimono - Obi

An obi is the sash tied around a kimono. It can be tied in a variety of simple and eleborate ways. An obi may be as wide as one foot and as long as 13 feet. Some complicated styles may take as long as half an hour to tie.

The first four obi examples are innovative designs by the teachers of the Hakubi School; the last example is one of the simplest obi knot, the "Nagoya obi" knot.

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Date last modified: 12-Oct-1999
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