I show you how to tie “nijudaiko” or “nijutaiko” which has two layers in hope of doubled happiness.
This is the most popular obi shape for formal events.
This kimono with shark skin patterns is one of the “edo-komon” patterns. The edo-komon with a family crest is worn on ceremonies, but the no-crest is worn on private events.
This obi is called “share-fukuro-obi” used for private events.
How to tie “nijudaiko”
- “te-saki“, the folded edge
- “te”, the folded part
- “tare-saki”, the edge of wide part / the tail of “tare”
- “tare-moto”, the root/base of “tare”
Before you start tying, please fold your obi into “karidatami”.
Refer to the video here.
Wrap the obi and tighten it
1. Take “te-saki” and put “te” on the shoulder. “Wa” or the folded edge is away from the body.
2. Wrap the obi once.
3. View of the back.
4. Take the diagonal part. Draw it to the bottom line called “obishita-sen” and pull the right hand obi forward.
5. Widen the width of the front part if necessary.
6. Wrap the obi again and tighten it.
Make a knot by folding
7. Take the “te” off.
8. Hold the “wa” of the root of “te”.
9. Slide it to the right and slide the left hand down.
10. Slide it to the left a little along the bottom line.
Hold the hand there and tighten the obi on the other side.
11. Fold up both roots of “te” and “tare” to make a fake knot.
12. Bring the root of “tare” up. Naturally “te” and “tare” are folded. Now you have a fake knot.
13. Take “karihimo” and pass it to the other hand.
14. Secure the fake knot with the “karihimo”
15. Tie it firmly on the obi to hold the fake knot.
16. Take “te-saki” and bring it to the front. If it is a little bit longer, you should turn it to the opposite side.
17. Here! It became shorter.
18. Tuck the “te-saki” in.
19. Open the root of “tare” neatly at the back.
20. Make a triangle at “teresaki” or the wide edge on your lap.
21. Place only 1/3 of “obimakura” pad on the side of the triangle as shown. (Cover the pad with “obiage” or a decorative cloth beforehand.)
22. Open the triangle and make a double layer holding the pad. Refer to Match the patterns of “nijutaiko”
23. Straighten the obi between the root of “tare” and the double layer.
24. Hold the pad firmly.
25. Place it onto the upper line of the obi and tie the string of the pad firmly to keep the pad and “tare” in place.
26. If it is tight for you, you push the string forward and put it deeply between the obi and your body. By doing so, the pad will stick to the back.
27. Tie the “obiage” temporarily.
28. Take the “karihimo” off and hold the center.
29. Place the “karihimo” along the bottom line of the obi, move it to the “tare” and hold both together.
30. Make a “otaiko“ shape by tucking up the rest of “tare” inside. Leave “tare-saki” about 10 cm.
31. Tie the “karihimo” firmly on the obi at the front, and take the “te-saki”.
32. Insert it right under the double layer “otaiko”.
33. Hold the obi tightly with the “obijime” cord.
How to tie “obijime” and “obiage” can be seen here.
Please refer to…
"Obijime" is a decorative cord to hold the obi in place. It is a very important cord. By firmly tying, the "obi"[…]
Or watch the video.
34. Take the “karihimo” away and tie the “obiage” cloth into a bow tie.
Here is the video.
35. View of the front.
36. Finally check your “otaiko” shape.
Okay, ladies! Good job!