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"Golden Bands" Vintage Maru Obi

"Golden Bands" Vintage Maru Obi


Regular price $75.00
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  • Ships from NY
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Sourced from Japan
This listing is for a vintage Japanese maru style obi from the Fuller Collection. See below for details on this exceptional group of Japanese textiles.

Maru obi are patterned on both sides and are the full 14" width throughout. They are the highest level of formality and are traditionally worn for wedding or other ceremonial events. This obi is more contemporary than is typical, without the traditional motifs associated with weddings or good luck. Narrow, diagonal bands of yellow and silver (perhaps platinum?) cover both sides of the obi. Thin deep pink lines border each band.

Excellent condition, silk, and within the typical maru measurements: approximately11 feet long in total and 14 in wide. An elegant table centerpiece! See videos to learn more about other obi styles as well as display ideas.

The Fuller Collection - originally over 2000 pieces - was the passion and pride of Richard Fuller of Chicago, IL and Wabasha, MN. Richard served as a US Marine in post-war Japan, and there began his love of and appreciation for vintage Japanese kimono and obi. Richard saw that the mastery and artisanship of traditional Japanese textile techniques was waning - threatening to die out all together - which sparked his mission to promote this industry and preserve what he could.

Together with his wife Janith, Richard invested in thousands of kimono and obi, opening Wind Whisper West, a kimono Gallery in Wabasha in 2003. Most of the collection was sold there but several hundred pieces remain. Richard passed in 2020, and Janith has consigned the remainder of the collection to Kyoto Kimono to offer through our website. We are honored and proud to be stewarding the Fuller Collection as each piece finds its new home and continues to bring wonder and beauty to admirers around the world.
Length: 11'
Width: 12"
Made In (Estimated): 1970s
Condition: Excellent
Fiber: Silk
Technique: Woven, Brocade Weave, Nishijin
Colors: Gold, Red
Motifs: Stripes, Bands, Geometric


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