“Hanhaba-obi”, or a half-width obi is very easy to handle.
There are so many ways to tie.
I’m going to show you how to tie “weeping cherry. It’s the easiest way of tying obi for “yukata”. Also it’s good for “kimono”.
This time we use a 3.5m half-width obi.
I’m right handed. If you are left handed, all directions of obi are opposite.
Let’s get started!
Take the length from an obi end
1. Take the length from the hand to the front center, which becomes “te”. When you use a longer obi, take it more.
2. Pull the “te” once to make it straight and fold it into half.
3. From the yellow star, make a triangle on the front of “obiita” board. Have a look at the small one in this photo.
4. Put the “te” on the shoulder, and pinch the folded part and board together with a clip.
Wrap the obi
5. Wrap the obi once. Hold it at the front and tighten it.
6. Wrap the obi again and tighten it.
7. Fold the obi diagonally from one side of the back to show the other color.
8. The folding becomes half on the opposite side.
9. Take the “te” off from the shoulder while pulling the other side. The other side is called “tare”.
10. Slide the “te” aside.
11. Cross the “te” and “tare” with the longer one up. Hold the intersection firmly while pulling it forward. In this way of tying, the long one always comes the top.
12. Make a knot.
13. Tighten the knot on the upper line of the obi.
14. Rotate the knot 45 degrees not to get loose.
15. Put the upper one “tare” on the shoulder, and open the root of the knot.
Make a bow tie
16. Pull the blue one “te” against the knot and fold it into a half body size.
17. Make a bow tie.
18. Go on.
19. Pull the bow’s wings out.
20. Open the root of both ends and hold them together.
21. Let the ends go through the back of the knot and cover the knot with them.
22. Open the wings and make the shape beautiful.
23. Are you ready to turn the obi?
Turn the obi and finish
24. Hold the knot and the bottom of the “obiita” board. Put your belly inside.
25. Turn the obi clockwise 180 degrees and make the front fold beautiful.
26. Finally finished!
27. Look great! Let’s go out!
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