The Japanese kimono’s colourful patterns and intricate layering that combine elegance and modesty make it popular among locals and tourists alike. It’s also one of the most recognisable traditional outfits in the world. Those who have tried wearing one would know the complex method of wearing it, where the entire look is tied together — literally and metaphorically — by the binding belt known as the obi sash.
Having a variety of lengths and materials, an obi sash can sometimes cost more than an entire kimono outfit if it's made of the finest and rarest materials and is handwoven. It also has different kinds, namely: the maru obi (the most traditional and meticulously made), the fukuro obi (less formal than the maru obi but serves as a more accessible alternative), the Nagoya obi (lighter, more convenient, and affordable compared to the previous two), the hanhaba obi (narrower in width, whose material is more reflective of casual wear), the black obi (worn with traditional mourning clothes), and the white obi (worn with traditional wedding clothes).
Interesting, don’t you think? But while we’d like to treat it similarly to the West’s take on modern styling of the corset, the traditional importance of the obi sash makes it more complex to incorporate into daily wear. Thankfully, Wabinal via Sift and Pick created beautifully crafted Kimono Clutch Bags that are reminiscent of the obi sash’s delicate yet captivating designs.
Some of our favourites include the Kimono Clutch Bag in Black Flower which is versatile for every type of outfit with its black, white, and red accents; the Kimono Clutch Bag Orange Flower that would add a level of elegance to any formal wear; and the Kimono Clutch Bag Green and Flowers that is perfect for casual looks in this region’s eternal summer season.
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