TAASA TEXTILE STUDY GROUP, SYDNEY – TAASA Review December 2015
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This article was originally found in the December 2015 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 24, Issue 4, Page 28).
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Bound by Tradition: the evolution of women’s kimono and rise to prominence of the obi, Nara period to the present 11August 2015 Our visiting speaker from Singapore, Fiona Cole, kept members spellbound as she once again provided another informative presentation – this time the development of obi (sash) in Japanese dress.
During the 8th c Nara period, court robes were influenced by Chinese styles, developing a uniquely Japanese style over succeeding centuries as the obi became more prominent.
In the early Edo period, brocade- type kimono with attached sleeves with a narrower obi was required but by the later Edo, more flexible kimono weaves allowed wider obi using additional ties to hold the knot...