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Let’s tie “nijutaiko” as reading the following out loud!
How to tie “nijutaiko”, a double layered obi shape
“te-saki“, the folded edge
“tare-saki“, the wide edge / the tail of “tare-saki“
“tare-moto“, the root of “tare“
Take “te-saki” or the folded edge and put it on the shoulder.
＊This obi is a little bit long, so I took it longer than as usual.
Wrap the obi once.
Pull the obi on the back down to the lower line.
Pull the other obi outward at the same time.
Widen the width of the obi if you need.
Wrap the obi again and pull it outward.
Place the folded edge to the back.
Slide it to the right.
Put it back to the left a little.
Hold it at the lower line and pull the obi outward again.
Fold both roots of “te” and “tare” up.
Put them up onto the upper line.
Hold it there by tying a string.
Take “te-saki” the folded edge and put it to the front.
If the folded edge is a little bit longer, you can put it to the opposite side.
Here! It became shorter.
Tuck the folded edge between the obi and the body.
Open the root of “tare” on the back.
Make a triangle at the wide edge.
Place a pad for obi there.
Cover the pad with “obiage” or a decorative cloth beforehand.
Open the triangle and make a double layer over the pad.
Straighten the obi between the root of “tare” and the double layer.
Hold the pad and the obi firmly.
Place it all onto the back.
Tie the string of the pad firmly in front of you.
If you feel tight, you push the string forward and put it inside the obi.
Tie the obiage temporarily.
Take the string off.
Make a “otaiko” shape with the string and tie it firmly in front.
Take the folded edge and put it inside the otaiko.
Hold the obi tightly with an “obijime” cord.
Take the string off and make a bow tie with the obiage cloth.
Tuck the ends of the cloth inside.
Finally make sure your “otaiko” shape.
Are you finished?
You did well?
There are more tips for tying “nijuutaiko” beautifully.