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 Post subject: Obi Length/Tying Methods
PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 11:14 pm 
Shikomi-san
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I'm designing this goth-lolita outfit with a huge kimono inspiration and rather than making a pre-tied obi for it or whatever, I wanna make a regular obi and actually tie it and everything. However, I don't know the proper length to make the obi (I've seen 12 feet or so usually) and I can't find a way to tie it that I like, so does anyone have any rules/instructions for making a proper obi and have a method of tying it really beautifully? Thanks!  :lovelove


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 11:29 am 
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There are literally hundreds of ways to tie obi - the best way to get a feel for what's out there is to buy a musubi book and flip through it or look at pictures of women in kimono and find something you like and ask about it.

The widths of obi vary from about 15cm (hanhaba/tenga) to 32cm (maru) and from about 3.2 meters to 4.2 (odori obi is apparently 4.5, according to The Book of Kimono). If you are larger around, you'll want a longer obi so there's enough material to tie a bow you like.


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 2:51 pm 
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Only directions for sewing obi that I know are in John Marshall's book Make Your Own Japanese Clothes.
In that book the minimum lenght is te 24"+ waist X 2 (with pads for traditional wear)+ for otaiko 45".


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:41 am 
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Shikomi-san
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Hanachiru wrote:
Only directions for sewing obi that I know are in John Marshall's book Make Your Own Japanese Clothes.
In that book the minimum lenght is te 24"+ waist X 2 (with pads for traditional wear)+ for otaiko 45".

Is that a good book to use?


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