A Japanese hitoe obi has a flowing gold art deco design embroidered in a diagonal pattern that echoes the herringbone weave of the green silk background. This kimono belt from the late Meiji period is woven, unlined and one layer of fabric, an obi style called "hitoe," and was designed for summer wear. Unlike the formal, lined, double-layered maru obi, hitoe obi had more casual designs such as this one. The gold design covers an area of 59 inches across the center length of the fabric, and another 30 inches on each end. The remainder of the fabric length is unadorned, showing the bold design to advantage. This early 20th century piece is in very good condition. The length is 156" (376 cm), and the width is 12-1/4" (31 cm).