However the obi I have at the moment are not suitable.
They are heavily woven with metallic thread which makes them perfect for a formal otaiko but rubbish for those fancy musubi.
So it was time to do a little bit of hunting.
I asked a friend what would be a good search term for these special obi and she recommended I search for "furisode obi" so off to the internet.
First stop Rakuten, and although I found what I was looking for, they were pretty expensive so I went back to my usual shopping channel eBay.
There is one seller who I thought would have what I wanted and sure enough I was lucky to find them.
Here is the one I chose.
It is a pretty rainbow obi which should be okay with some of my more fancy kimono but it is very soft and flexible. Perfect!
However while I was browsing, something caught my eye.
Isn't it pretty!
|Blank part of the fukuro obi|
At first glance it looks like a standard fukuro obi but!!!
It is split into two at one end!
How weird is this obi? So of course I brought it and now I am thinking of musubi to tie with it.