Obi (帯）is a sash, which is a part of kimono outfits (traditional Japanese dress) and it is important decorative part for women’s kimono (men’s tend to be simple and narrower design).
They come in numerous number of different designs and many of them have seasonal designs decorated on them, like cherry blossoms in Spring, gold fish in Summer, persimmon in Autumn etc.
Obi is generally made with woven high quality silk, so they tend to be very expensive and luxury items, but because of the nature of obi itself as being made strong and tough, so they can be used for a long time and they can be passed onto other generations. They are perfect materials for creating things like bags and pouchies.
These bags are made of the kimono obi and the designs are traditional linen leaves design （麻の葉模様）, which we have believed that the design keeps bad spirits away from you and it has often been used for kimono.
As I explained earlier, the obi is made strong and tough, so it is generally made with thick but light material. When they are made into the bags and pouches, they can stand alone like on the photo above (nothing is inside of any of these things, but they can keep the shapes).
These are made with different obi design.
This pen case can be used as a pen stand on a desk, but you can carry it around with you when the zipper is done. Very practical design.
These bags and pouchies etc do not come cheap because the obi used is expensive, but they can last for a long time and have various practical features like they can stand alone etc.
The largest A4 size bag is 7,200yen+tax and price goes down as the sizes become smaller.
The exhibition started from last monday and it is until 14th of August.
Should you have any queires or if you are interested in purchasing it, please feel free to contact us. We can also ship them overseas by EMS after confirming your payment by Paypal.
Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama
MA by So Shi Te
2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo Japan 107–0062
The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line.