May Kwento Ako #19 : Obi

It is no secret that I have a thing for fabric. I figure that one way to understand a country and its tradition is through their fabric. It appears that most countries that I have been to have fabrics that they are known for. And proud of.

Let me feature the Obi or sash, worn by men and women to tie their Kimono. The colors, pattern are plenty from the sedate to the elaborate, depending on the season and the occasion.

Seems like the kimono are a really complex garment composed of many pieces and is about 4 meter or 13 feet. The width of the Obi varies for men ( thinner ) and women ( wider ).

Just to figure all these out is already making me dizzy. Maybe, when i learn more about this country’s history, i will appreciate these garments more. Hence, I have my highest respect for all those who wear this still.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT : Since I will not wear one, I will use this as

A) a bed runner while the bedcover is with the Cleaners if i do not want to cut it up;

B) for the Avant garde, maybe the fabric is enough for the front of a coat jacket/suit;

C) Or, make two or three large wall hangings out of one OBI.

Delicious thoughts there.

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