Vintage Sakiori Rag Weave Obi
This is a lovely, colorful antique sakiori obi or casual sash for kimono.
Sakiori is a traditional Japanese rag weaving technique which uses narrow strips of shredded cloth, typically salvaged from old kimono, as its weft. This technique was widespread at one time—born in an era when cloth was very precious.
In this example a shredded silk weft of deep purple, red, pine green, goldenrod, orange and other colors woven against a cotton warp of alternating maroon and white yarn. Some areas seem to be woven of meisen silk, a type of Japanese ikat, which leads to a irregular pattern seen in the detailed photographs here. The result is a wonderful array of vibrant colors in a lattice work pattern.
In excellent condition suitable for display or wear.
Early to Mid 1900s
7 x 96.5in; 18 x 245cm