Friday, February 5, 2010

Fit to be tied

Gorgeous photos of Japanese obis from Okinawa Soba on Flickr. I've only scratched the surface.  I could look at his collection of beautiful images of Old Japan for hours...maybe even days.

Red circle obi
This is the famous geisha Terua. Born in 1896, her real name was Tatsuko Takaoka. She was a geisha at 13, went on to great fame and infamy, then retired as a Buddhist monk--the Chief Priestess of a temple in Kyoto. If you are interested, you can read more here.

Beautiful hair and obi

Taisho-era bride
Taisho-era bride. She has changed out of her traditional white wedding dress, or Shiromuku, and is seen here getting help changing into another embroidered silk kimono for the next round of ceremonies and greetings.

Tying the obi
Tying the obi

Yellow and pink obi
Everything about this image is so beautiful. The textiles, the Japanese garden, the Japanese architecture...I love it.

Looong obi sashes

Do yourself a favor and stop by his photostream. It will leave you breathless.


1 comment:

Kelly Ballard said...

These are fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

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