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"Nishijin Collage" Vintage Nagoya Obi

"Nishijin Collage" Vintage Nagoya Obi

Peonies and Plum

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  • Ships from NY
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Sourced from Japan

This listing is for a vintage Japanese nagoya style obi from the Fuller Collection. See below for details on this exceptional group of Japanese textiles.

Nagoya obi have a specialized shape - folded and sewn to a 6-7" width for the portion that wraps around the waist but left wide (13-14") for about one yard at the end which would be tied into an elaborate bow.

This obi features a bright floral motif woven in a rainbow of colors against a midnight black silk background.  So many different blossoms - peonies, plum blossoms, mums, pine, and more.  We've called it Nishijin because the elaborate, dense weaving is typical of textiles made in the Nishijin neighborhood of Kyoto.  See video below for more.

The design stretches across the wider bow portion of the obi and into the narrow belt section but there is the traditional one-meter blank area on the belt portion that not only provides contrast but also means the obi was slightly less expensive to make. 

The backside is black silk. The design house name is woven in gold kanji at one end - this us usually on the front or back of the obi but in this case, half is on the front and half is on the back (see last photo).

See videos below on the different styles of obi as well as ideas for displaying them. If you need a short wooden hanging rod to display your obi, add one (option above) when ordering.

The Fuller Collection – originally over 2000 kimono – 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 – especially wedding kimono. Richard saw that the mastery and artisanship of traditional Japanese textile techniques was waning – threatening to die out altogether – which sparked his mission to promote this industry and preserve what he could. Click here to read one of his interviews.

Together with his wife Janith, Richard invested in thousands of kimono and obi, opening Wind Whisper West, a kimono gallery in Wabasha, MN 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.

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Made In (Estimated): 1980s
Condition: Excellent
Material: Silk

SKU:0224nobiFC14

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