Monday, June 25, 2012

Oh, Obi

Obis (which literally translates into “sash”) are a quintessential component of traditional Japanese garb.

Prior to the Edo period, the obi was a simple cord or ribbon sash. But by the end of the 18th century the obi had evolved - quadrupling in width as well as having greatly increased in both complexity and formality.

Some fun factoids about the obi:
There are more than 15 types of obi for women, but only 2 for men.
There are over a dozen different ways to tie an obi.
The colored “belts” that one receives in martial arts are a type of informal obi. guessed it...we have obis here at Momo! They are truly works of art.

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