I have only recently got into buying the obi fabrics. The obi is the 'belt' that goes around the kimono and is usually very bright, often with a heavy gold element. It wasn't until I bought one and made it into a clutch bag, that I realised how fab it looks as a smaller piece and looks stunning as an evening bag.
The other day, a friend of mine took me to the wholesale area of Tokyo and we were ushered into a warehouse (after taking our shoes off of course), where there were hundreds of obi and kimono to choose from. I came out with a rather lovely bunch of items and here are just a few of them.