Made in Japan
ONE AND ONLY BAG IN THE WORLD: OBI BAG
- Genuine black crocodile leather
- W345mm x H200mm x D90mm (about W13.5in x H7.8in x D3.5in)
- Handle with 105mm drop (about 4.1in)
- Toggle closure
- 1 interior zip pocket, 1 interior open pocket and 1 cellular phone pocket
DESIGN: Hooh with Black Crocodile Leather
Hooh, known as Asian phoenix, design was used in the Heian Era (794-1185) within the imperial palace to show rank of scholars and researchers. As known as the bird on the roof of Byodoin-Hoohdoh, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, it is known as a bird that brings happiness. Legend says that it appears only in the world ruled by a virtuous ruler in a peaceful era. “Ho” representing male and “Oh” meaning female, Hooh is also a symbol of good and loving spousal relationship.
Authentic Japanese fashion is about harmonizing different design patterns. The obi used for the bag makes it one-and-only product in the world; no same bag exists. Arranged with the obi is genuine black crocodile. What seems like an unusual match of obi and crocodile leather is the best match; pattern of crocodile leather and design of obi is orchestrated perfectly. Although the bag alone may appear to have a Japanese feel, it matches well with Western clothing. This bag is a portable piece of artwork.
WHAT IS OBI?
Obi is a decorative element of Japanese traditional wear, kimono, used to hide strings that hold the wrapped kimono in place. obi has long been a part of Japanese culture. Some say that existence of obi goes way back than clothes. In Japanese, obi can be used as a verb; obiru means “to carry closely with you”. To Japanese ancestors, obi was not only a practical and decorative element; it originally was considered a protective charm for keeping away evil spirits and sorcery.
WHY OBI AND BAG?
Obi attracts one's attention with its dimensional and colorful appearance, decored using traditional methods such as embroidery, weaving, Yuzen dying, etc. Not only is its appearance the beauty; its patterns and designs are passed down as Japanese tradition from ancient times with meanings of good luck and prayer for peace. Each obi is a piece of artwork. The aesthetics of obi is created by its attractive look, symbolism of each design and tradition passed down for hundreds of years. By harmonizing color and design of obi with leather, integration of Japanese and Western feel became possible hence new genre of bag was created. Obi used for the obi bags are renowned obi: Kyoto Nishijin-ori, Okinawa Bingata, Kaga Yuzen, Aomori Sashiko, Gunma Kiryu.
There is no other obi bag with the same design. Once it is yours, it is yours only.