|The 'gumdrop' matsu kimono with a softer, woven obi.|
|Matsu motif on the sleeve of a furisode kimono, on loan from Nichi Bei Bussan.|
So far, we've only seen matsu represented on kimono, but the motif can most certainly be found on obi as well. In my first example, an antique obi from the Meiji era (approx. 1860s), the pine motif is not the motif of the pleasant rounded trees, but sprays of needles amid which rest pheasants.
|Meiji Era obi with pine boughs, pheasants, chrysanthemums and peonies.|
|This is the 'bow' portion of a pre-tied obi with pine needles, ume (plum) and kiku (chrysanthemum).|
For tomorrow's post, we're taking a step away from the motifs so that I can field Questions. Many of these were asked in social media, but you'll be more than welcome to ask your own!