The Haruka Obi Belt
Handmade in Italy
Silk Obi Belt
Princesse Décadente loves Asia and its fashion. The Obi Belt is a popular traditional Japanese accessory that comes in the form of a fabric band without a buckle or clasp. The word ''Obi'' was originally defined as a wide silk belt worn on the kimono and forming a knot in the back, then tied over the kimono to ensure a better fit of the garment and to keep it well crossed. Its use began in the 5th century as a simple hemp rope, but the width of the cord increased over time from 3 cm to 18 cm and it became a major element of the Japanese costume. Worn around the waist or hip, it refines your silhouette. Tied under the bust, it adds a touch of originality to your tunic or dress, brings out the flared shape of the garment, and keeps the back straight. Princesse Décadente’s Obi Belt is inspired in Japan and handcrafted in Italy, made of 100% silk and eco-printed manually. It’s a multi-purpose accessory that can be worn with several types of clothing: dress, skirt, blouse, pants, tunic, and even on a coat. Go out and shine!
Our model is Lydia, the singer from the Canadian duo Lydia & Sebastien, and she is an XS size.
Eco-printing is a technique in which plants, leaves, and flowers leave their shapes, marks, and color on fabric. Plant material bundled inside of cloth is steamed or boiled to release the dye found naturally inside the plant, creating a contact print in the shape of the leaf or flower used. Each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. Every leaf is placed by hand, creating a distinctive pattern and color palette. Then the fabric, with the plant material inside, is tightly rolled around a pipe or stick. The 'bundles' are tossed into a steamer or a pot of water before it releases the dye out of the plant, coloring the fabric next to the leaf. The colors are revealed as the plant material is lifted from the unwrapped fabric. Garment production follows the natural rhythm of seasons, which is why certain plants, flowers, or a certain color combination may not become available again until the next growing season. Eco-printing requires immaculate attention to detail and everything involved in the process is naturally dyed: silk, wool, cashmere, linen, and cotton.