approx. 60cm x 20cm x 4cm (2 items).
silk (outside-layer) , wooden frame, cotton linen canvas (under-layer)
About this canvas
This set of canvases showcases a vertical Ekasumi haze pattern, showing a contemporary and artistic composition.
Period / Story
The obi used in these canvases originates from the late Showa period (1960-80ies).
Explanation and meaning of pattern and colors
This obi is adorned with intricate beaten gold and silver. The "ekasumi" haze pattern is characterized by the design of the Japanese letter "e"（エ） within the haze pattern, often accompanied by auspicious motifs such as flowers, but elegant and simple in this particular obi.
Haze patterns are rooted in the concept of "haze," which lacks a definite form and is represented by layering several straight lines horizontally. This technique has been widely used in art and painting throughout history. Haze patterns are employed to convey perspective and the passage of time, symbolizing "eternity" in the sense that they appear and disappear.
This upcycled obi features a simple yet contemporary interpretation of the haze pattern, enhanced by the deep and elegant presence of beaten gold and silver.
Characteristics of the fabric
The beaten gold used in this design is created by thinly stretching gold or silver foil, applying lacquer to it, and then affixing it to a narrow strip of Japanese paper that matches the width of the obi. These strips are cut into extremely thin pieces, each less than one millimeter wide.
This weaving technique, known as "hikihaku," involves weaving ultra-thin foil into the weft of Nishijin brocade and Karaori brocade. By incorporating the foil into the fabric's ground weave, it achieves a subtle and refined gold or silver appearance without appearing excessively gilded.
Canvas can be displayed on a table, wall, etc. Hanging on a wall requires hooks, tacks or nails. It can also be displayed propped up on an easel. Ideal for a room makeover, housewarming gift, present, or souvenir for a loved one.
All the works are made from real kimonos, antiques and vintages. For this reason, the fabric may have traces of long-term use and minor fabric damages. In case there are any scratches or stains, we always add a photo of the area on the item page, so please check before purchasing. Regarding precaution, cancellation and refund policy, please refer to the refund policy in the footer section of the site for information.