Made in Japan
ONE AND ONLY BAG IN THE WORLD: OBI BAG
- Black embossed cowhide
- W370mm x H220mm x D100mm (about W14.5in x 8.6in x 3.9in)
- Handle with 210mm drop (about 8.2in)
- Bottom studs on four corners
- One external zip pocket
DESIGN : Kiri (Paulownia)
Paulownia, known as kiri in Japan, is a tree which symbolizes healthy growth of children. When a girl is born, kiri was planted so that it can be used as material to build a wardrobe chest when she went off to marry into her husband’s family. Also, known for its leaves against insects, kiri also has held meaning as a charm against sorcery and evil. The obi used has rich yet subtle gold and silver colors on top of red material. Although the bag alone may appear to have Japanese feel, it matches well with western clothing.
Authentic Japanese fashion is about harmonizing different design patterns and colors. The obi used for the bag makes it one-and-only product in the world; no same bag exists. For the A Bag series, obi is arranged with a leather color to compliment the obi. What seems like an unusual match of obi and western material (leather) is orchestration of what authentic Japanese fashion is meant to be. Although the bag alone may appear to have a Japanese feel, it matches well with Western clothing. This bag is a portable piece of one-of-a-kind 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.
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