Japanese Fukuro Obi 12"x 156" (showing a 12"x 94" decorated section) Gold & silver brocading on silk. Cranes, butterflies, mums, & paulownia leaves. The metallic brocading in this obi is more gold than the photo suggests, w/ more "sparkle." Excellent condition $ 245
japanese traditional 'fukuro' obi belt. Lavish use of gold and silver threads in hand embroidered and painted chrysanthemum flowers and golden leaf motif. 1930s, silk brocaide. Frequently these obi were more expensive than the kimonos they adorned.
Koi or more specifically Nishikigoi (brocaded carp), are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens. In Japanese, koi is a homophone for another word that means "affection" or "love"; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan.