Perched on a beautiful flora covered hillside with a scenic view of the mountains sits a little thatched-roof cottage that this week I’m calling, Obi Heaven. Once the childhood home of the owner, Worth Gallery (in Ome, Japan) is brimming with beautiful, one-of-a-kind obi creations during their annual week-long obi show and sale, which ends August 31.
Obi of all kinds, the more formal ones made of silk brocade and tapestry with elaborate designs as well as the less formal six-inch wide ones, are creatively transformed into wall hangings, table-top decorations/centerpieces, purses, change purses and glasses cases. Pay close attention to the obijaime (cord) used to adorn various pieces. The fabulous knots can range from a very simple square knot to intricate designs, my favorite being the cherry blossom knot. The colors are fabulous and the artistry superb.
If these beautiful obi designs leave you feeling creative, then you are in luck. This show also offers obi and obijaime and you can create your own. You can also inquire at the gallery about upcoming obi tying classes.
Whether you buy a Worth Gallery creation or buy an obi and make your own, don’t miss this show!
Who would have thought that making noodles involved the feet? Japanese know this, but I sure didn’t! In fact, there was so much stomping going on , I suggested that we make up a dance and I’ve now decided it should be called the “Udon Stomp.” And the added bonus, Continue reading