Thursday, 25 June 2009

Closet Feature: "Milky Way" obi

"Milky Way" obi, originally uploaded by shira.C.

I was feeling guilty again about not having posted pics in ages, so I dug up this old pic. I don't think I've posted it yet, but please do tell me if I have already!

I believe this obi is a hemp obi, judging from its texture and comparing it to April's hemp obi. The seller had called the motif "milky way" and it took me forever to realise that it referred to an old Japanese legend about the deity Orihime and her lover the cow herder. It's quite a nice story, and is the basis of the Tanabata (Star) festival on the 7th of July. You can read the whole story on Wikipedia :D

In this picture (I had quite a messy kitsuke in the front, so I didn't post the whole thing :P) I'm wearing it with a shiozawa-style synthetic kimono. I've also paired it with black obiage and obijime for accessories, although I think a red or yellow obiage would be nice too.


Auberginefleur said...

How very topical, seasonal, since the Tanabata festival celebrating the meeting of the Weaver Girl and Herder Boy across the Milky Way, occurs on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar.

Priscilla said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! :) I hadn't actually thought of it when I posted that picture, but it is pretty seasonally "appropriate" in some way, now that you mention it ^^;;; It's such a pity I won't be able to wear it this year - this obi is still on its way from London, and won't be here for another good two months :(