Do you own an Obi? I do. I own three. What is an Obi, you say? An Obi is a wide sash fastened in the back with a large flat bow, worn by women in Japan as a part of the traditional dress. While we were stationed in Korea I was very fortunate to make two trips to Japan. I wish it could have been more but the stories that you have heard about Japan being expensive are so true!! So, two it was and I was pleased. : o ) I didn't make many purchases while visiting Tokyo in the fall of 2007 but I did purchase these 3 Obi's.
This one is my favorite. It is from the turn of the 20th century, or at least that is what I was told from the vendor. I do believe it is old but either way old or new, it is so pretty. I love it!
In the last house we called home, there were 3 large fireplaces with deep mantles. I was able to use them as decorative runners across the mantles. But in this house, one that we are paying for, we are down to a single small fireplace mantle that isn't very deep. So I've had to be creative. My Obi's are displayed at the top of our stairs over the bannister. Hubby frequently knocks them off, gotta have something to hold on to as he walks down the stairs. What??? Use the railing on the other side!!
Please join Sue and others for some lovely reds at her blog, It's A Very Cherry World.