The Japanese obi is the 'belt' that goes around the kimono and they are often found in heavily woven, brightly coloured designs. They lend themselves beautifully to bag making as they have a natural stiffness to them, on top of the fact that they are stunning! I recently made some obi fabrics up into practical tote bags that make a statement. Each one has a complimentary lining, two strong canvas straps that fit over the shoulder and a magnetic snap to keep the bag closed. Here's a selection below which you can find in my store.
The green and gold tote bag above has a turquoise cotton lining and matching turquoise straps.
The beautiful tote bag above has an orange lining that matches the orange in the obi design.
The tote bag above is made from a stunning green and gold decorative obi and the lining is a rich green satin.
The stunning obi fabric above will be my next tote bag project. It will have a bright red lining and red canvas straps. Watch this space....