As all kimono enthusiasts know, one needs quite a few accoutrements if one intends to wear a kimono without inviting ridicule from the local obaasan (not really, but you know). And being a kimono enthusiast myself, I knew that I needed an obi. Thusly, I set out to find the perfect obi for my sapphire blue (see 1st post), intending to wear it for my birthday in the fall. After much researching and searching, I finally decided on the perfect obi!
It was an elegant fukuro done up in white tsubaki with touches of pink on a silver backdrop of karabana filled waves. I thought it would look good against the sapphire blue while the overall design matched well with the peacocks. At least, that’s what I thought.
For the most part it was the same elegant obi except for one tiny little detail – the color. Why I didn’t see it before…curse you flash photography! Perhaps because I wanted silver, I saw silver. What I got was shimmery pink, a lot more pink than I was expecting. I knew there would be pink in the flowers, I was okay with that. I did not think there would be pink in the background wave design.
In person, the obi now seemed too young and vibrant, and although quite beautiful, I didn’t think it would work for the peacocks.
It didn’t take me long to find another obi, and just in time for my birthday. This one was an older fukuro and had an all overall pattern of golden seigaiha with little blue, pink, green, and gold folded kiku. The design reminded me of feathers and the kiku resembled peacock tails. It was perfect and when it arrived -- still perfect. The gold matched so much better than the silver ever would.
The moral of the story? Never assume something is the way you want it to be, always double check, especially when purchasing Japanese silk.