Tuesday, October 8, 2013

1913 Taisho Obi Design Book

I  am selling this wonderful old design book on my website (link below).  It's a book of original handpainted  full size  obi weaving designs which have been pasted onto old bookkeeping records and bound.  It measures 37cm x 50cm and has around 140 different designs; the photos here are only a small sample.   The cover reads:  'Design Book , 2nd year of Taisho (1913), 7th volume, Miyake Sei Shoten'.  Miyake Sei Shoten was a clothing and fabric shop in central Kyoto which sadly closed last year. This album of designs is from their archive.

If you're interested in this album  it is  listed on my online shop here, or you can contact me directly.


  1. Amazing what treasures people create! We will need a second life to do what we want to do. Thanks for sharing an interesting post - Hugs Nat

  2. Thanks Nat. It's quite an amazing album and I won't be too upset if it doesn't sell!