[Double-sided obi with turquoise and purple medallion design and bird and floral design, Fukushima, Japan]
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Gift of Barbara Kawakami
1 obi : silk, cotton ; 11.75 x 131 in.
Double-sided silk and cotton obi with beige floral and bird patch design on one side and purple and turquoise cotton with diagonal designs of alternating turquoise floral pattern and purple medallion pattern on the other side. There is a 15.5 in. opening in the center of 1 long seam. The designs on the silk side are woven ito fabric to resemble brocade: 2 repeating patterns of floral swatches and one swatch with a bird & flower design; colors in the swatches are cream, gold, yellow and tan with dark brown branches; grayish bird design in the center of the obi. The cotton side features 6 in. wide turquoise bands and 6.625 in. wide purple bands; medallions have flowers or fruit and leaves design.
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