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Upcycled Obi Furniture in Kyoto – Yurin

Upcycled Obi Furniture in Kyoto – Yurin

In our last post, we covered upcycled kimono infinity scarves, so today we’re introducing the magical world of upcycling obis. An obi is a kimono belt, and they are usually much, much thicker and firm than kimonos. They are meant to stay firm, and oftentimes have very heavy duty embroidered patterns on them. While kimonos...

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What is a kimono?

“Kimono” (着物) quite literally translates as “wearing thing” (as in “thing you/to wear”). While this was the original meaning of the word, the modern-day meaning is a specific type of traditional Japanese garment. Most of the things you see online and in stores calling themselves “kimonos” have almost nothing to do with actual kimonos. I...