This large size cushion is a gem that’s hard to find – its front is crafted from vintage woven silk celebratory obi (kimono) fabric featuring gorgeous chrysanthemums, cranes, pines and ancient carriages for the noble, decorated all in metallic silk threads.
About Vintage “Maru-Obi”: Why is this fabric so rare?
The Obi (Japanese Kimono belt) used to make these cushions is estimated to be older than 70 years. Named “Maru-Obi”, it is the most formal Obi with highest status and typically worn by brides, Geiko/Maiko entertainers or girls celebrating coming of age. In this particular vintage “Maru-Obi”, the gorgeous pattern is woven throughout the whole 4m roll with a width of 67cm. This kind of fabric is extremely rare to find in a form of an unused roll as they ceased production around 1950s. The reason being, it was too heavy and too extravagant to have hand-woven pattern throughout when only certain parts of this long belt will show when worn. Obi was worn by folding in half length way meaning the back of it didn’t need to be decorative. Less woven pattern also meant it is much lighter when you wrap around your waist. As Japanese women started to prefer more practical, cost-effective modern Obi post war, these extravagant wide width “Maru-Obi” with patterns throughout became less popular and eventually disappeared.
Our vintage Obi rolls are predominantely sourced through auctions in Japan. We might be relying on a classy grandmother who kept a roll in her chest of Kimono drawers made of paulownia wood for decades and decided to sell it. Obi rolls usually come in 34-36cm in width so there are plenty of smaller 30x30cm cushions available elsewhere but our large sized cushions (58x58cm) are quite hard to find as “Maru-Obi” with a width of 67cm with patterns throughout are not produced anymore. Only 6 or less cushions of this size are made from one roll.
This item will surely make a striking impression on your sofa or armchair. It will also make a perfect gift for someone with exquisite taste and appreciates good quality.
Available with either cotton or velvet back cover.
Please note: Cushion insert is not included in order to minimise shipping cost. Recommended insert size is 65x65cm. It is a vintage fabric that would appreciate your TLC. Dry clean only.