Friday, September 17, 2010

Kimono Lily Update: Pre-Tied Taiko-Knot Obi

If you're intimidated at the thought of tying your own taiko knot (the drum-like box knot often worn with kimono more formal than yukata), pre-tied taiko knot obi are the thing for you. America-based kimono dealer Kimono Lily put up six of these obi today, for prices as low as $35.

"Pre-tied" obi, called "tsuke" 付け帯 or "tsukuri" obi 作り帯, come in two parts. One is the rectangular part to wrap around your waist, and the other is the knot itself that fastens to the rectangle. You can also commonly find them made out of hanhaba obi, in the bow-tie "bunko" 文庫 knot, for use with summer yukata.

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