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Two Maiko

Two Maiko

Two Maiko by Gekko Ogata (1880)

Tying the obi skilfully is an important aspect of kitsuke, the art of wearing a kimono. Different styles of obi belt can be distinguished  There are many different styles of obi belt, which can be tied in many different ways, depending on occasion, social position, or personal taste. Maiko (apprentice geisha), for example, are easily identifiable by their red collars and the long, loose ends of their obi belts, worn in the darari musubi style just as showcased in this print.

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