This particular item has two functions most commonly associated with it, and a name for each function it serves. When used to help keep a kimono or juban on, with an obi then put atop it, it is known as a datejime. Additionally, it may be used as an informal men's obi when worn with yukata or onsen kimono. The name for it as an obi is a Shinta Obi, or Tanzen obi. As an obi it is considered informal attire and would not be paired with more formal kimono. This duel purpose accessory is popular due to how versatile it is.
- Condition: B, gently used with minor flaws. The materials will be mix, from organics to easy to care for synthetics. These will benefit from being ironed.
- Colors: Selected at random, we most typically sell these as datejime.
The majority of our stock is imported from Japan. We offer a full selection of Japanese kimono of various formalities and more.
DateJime / Tanzen Obi
The act of putting on a kimono can be compared to art, a dance, or even a sort of ritual. One of the most common misconceptions about Japanese kimono that a complete outfit is composed of only a kimono and obi. In truth, to wear a kimono in a culturally respectful manner there are a variety of accessories that are hidden within the kimono and obi that give the kimono their elegant presentation and form.
The most universal kimono accessories are koshihimo. Koshihimo are the long cords that are used to physically tie a kimono onto a persons body. As a quick rule of thumb the more formal the type of kimono, the more accessories and parts for wearing it.