The Tomoko Obi Belt


100% Silk

Handmade in Italy

Manually Shibori-dyed


The Tomoko Obi Belt

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.


Shibori dyeing

Shibori (しぼり / 絞り) is a traditional Japanese method of manually dyeing textiles with patterns. The earliest known example of cloth dyed using this technique dates from the 8th century when it was among the goods donated by the Emperor Shōmu to the Tōdai-ji in Nara. There is an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for Shibori, and each one results in vastly different patterns. Each method is used to achieve a certain result, but each method is also utilized in harmony with the type of cloth used. Therefore, the technique used in Shibori depends not only on the desired pattern but also on the characteristics of the cloth that is being dyed.

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