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How to tie “obijime” and “obiage”

“Obijime” is a decorative cord to hold the obi in place.

It is a very important cord. 

By firmly tying, the “obi” shape is fixed.

“Obijime” has two types “round and flat”.

The flat type has two sides. So please be careful not to be upside down when you tie it.

A knot I show you is the most basic one called “hon-musubi”. 

 

“Obiage” is a decorative long cloth supporting the shape of “otaiko” on the back by covering the pad called “obimakura”. 

A knot I show you is the most basic one called “hon-musubi”. 

Click here if you want to review how to tie “ichijutdaiko”.

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At first, please watch the video, how to tie a “obijime” cord.

 

 

Tie “obijime” into “hon-musubi”

 

38. Take the center of “obijime” and put it between the “otaiko” layer and “te”.

 

 

39. Hold both ends equally.

 

 

40. Cross them with the left side up and hold them pulling forward firmly.

 

 

41. Tie it once firmly.

 

 

42. Hold the ends at the root of the knot, and repeat “stretching and tightening” a few times because it is very stretchable.

 

 

43. Hold the knot firmly with your little finger so as not to loosen it. Turn your right hand to the left. Then put the right end up and the left end down.

 

 

44. Twist the left end around the right end once.

 

 

45. Hold the first knot with any fingers so that it does not come loose, and carefully tighten it.

 

 

46. Tighten more.

 

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Tighten it with the feeling “I’ll never loosen!”.
Is the vertical line of the knot on the left?

 

47. Tuck the ends in near the “otaiko” with both tassels facing up.

 

 

48. Set the “obijime” in the middle of the obi.

 

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The basic position of “obijme” is in the middle. You can lower it, if you want to show “dou-gara”, a front pattern well.

 

 

49. Finished. Take the “karihimo” away.

 

The next step is how to tie a “obiage” cloth. So please watch the video.

 

Tie “obiage” into “hon-musubi”

 

50. Untie the “obiage” and unfold the right part first.

 

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Be sure to unfold it to the side. 

 

51. Open with the front side facing up.

 

 

52. Fold it in 1/3  using your palm. (Depending on the width of the obi.)

 

 

53. Fold it in half sliding the fingers. It’s just like drawing a line with fingers. A width of 4-5 cm is good.

 

 

54. Pull the right part and rest it along the upper line of the “obi”. 

 

 

55. Fold the left part in the same way.

 

 

56. Hold both parts and pull them forward.

 

 

57. Cross both parts with the left side up. Firmly hold the intersection of the parts while pulling them forward.

 

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Always pull “obiage” forward not to get loose. It is called “waki wo shimeru” in Japanese.

 

58. Make a knot.

 

 

59. Rotate it 45 degrees clockwise.

 

 

60. Straighten the fold and put it on your right hand.

 

 

61. Make a loop with the right part.

 

 

62. Pick up the left part with the right fingers and pass it through the loop.

 

 

63. Pull it out while supporting the loop with the index finger.

 

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By supporting the loop, you can keep its shape neat.

 

64. Make a loose knot. Don’t tie it firmly.

 

 

65. Fold the knot half and put it between the “obi” and “datejime”. So you’ll get a beautiful line.

 

 

66. Put the right part in.

 

 

67. Slide it aside along the obi line. Do the same for the left part.

 

 

68. Make sure that the intersection of the “haneri” collar, the “obiage” and “obijime” knots are aligned at the center front.

 

 

69. Finished!

 

 

70. You did it! Put on “zouri” and go out!

 

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