7th Lesson: Tsukuri Obi

When you buy a kimono of course you should learn how to put it on. Especially the obi musubi is very hard and you need stamina. For this reason another type of obi was produced. Tsukuri obi (作り帯) are already tied and you just have to put them on.

I was looking for the origin of tsukuri obi, but no one seems to know. In one forum someone said that tsukuri obi were first made by hand at home and that they are probably sold since the Meiji Era (1868-1912). Another person said that someone made the first tsukuri obi in the Taisho Era (1912-1926). (http://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q1091050170)

The only clear fact we know about tsukuri obi is that they are made for elder who can’t tie an obi properly anymore. That is why nagoya obi were often re-made to tsukuri obi when people reached a certain age and lost the flexibility of their bodies. Because the taiko part and the part you wrap around your body are separated, you can put it on easily.

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First you wrap one part around your body.

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And make then the taiko by using cloth pins, a makura, and obiage.

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And just put it on. You fix it with an obishime.

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As I have no tsukuri obi, uesed some Japanese sources. And found this nice video on Youtube, which shows how to put on a tsukuri obi pretty clearly (even though it is in Japanese).

However, recently there are a lot of girls who can’t even tie an obi for their yukata. That is why tsukuri obi for yukata were sold, too. (They even have yukata you put on like a bathrobe. Those really make me fearing about the Japanese culture going down.)

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At least, I can’t deny the convenience of tsukuri obi. Especially for beginner or people who have no chance to learn how to tie an obi, as well as the elderly of course. Furthermore, some of the tsukuri obi are very cute and they are told to be very easy to make them by yourself.

So, for all beginners out there: you could also start with tsukuri obi. 🙂

P.S.: You find more tsukuri obi at Shinei. 😉


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