Shishuu obi ( embroidered obi ) ( 刺繍帯 )

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Shishuu obi ( embroidered obi )

Embroidery can be traced back to embroidered Buddha images made during the Asuka and Nara periods. During the Momoyama and Edo period, embroidery became established as a way to make elaborate costumes for Noh and Kabuki performances. Various techniques are used to embroider tomesode, houmongi, “some” obi and fukuro obi with elegant patterns of plants and nature.

Besides the basic embroidery methods such as oshitagoshirae-nui and osae-nui, there are 40 different traditional embroidery techniques such as waritsuke moyo-nui, where different stitches are used to make patterns and komatori-nui, a couching stitch. There are 100~200 different techniques including decorative stitching.
Nuihaku is a technique that came about during the Momoyama period. Embroidery and impressed gold and silver are used to add luster and create a vibrant surface, and it was used during the Edo period to add designs on kosode. Bright-colored watashi-nui patterns with large stitches showing the embroidery threads were the standard during the Momoyama period, but changed later to smaller, tighter patterns.

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