This is a very elegant and high quality Japanese silk obi from Nishijin, Kyoto. The dimensions of the obi are 12 1/4" wide and 160 3/4" (13'4 3/4") long. About two-thirds of the front (104" long) is woven with gold. There are 2 full designs of an ox-cart with pine branches in the center area – only one of them is shown in the first photo – the other one is on the other side.
Silk textiles, particularly when they are woven with gold, can look very different in depending on the environment. For example, an obi used as a table runner can look very different when you see it from different side of the table. Exposing it to a full light can give a washed-out look. The weave of the design area in this obi is quite intricate. Extra photos are available at item #1092131. Please enter the numbers the search box (located on top right corner in our catalogue page).