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Best material for Obi?
Post By Interstella. 24/07/12, 03:41 pm

Hi
I'm making a Lolita cosplay and I would like a traditional Obi for the middle... what's the best material to make this from? Any ideas?
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Re: Best material for Obi?
Post By Pura. 24/07/12, 04:10 pm

Obi is traditionally made with thick silk, I'm pretty sure Razz But any thick cotton should work, it just depends of what kind of texture/look you want it to have.
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Re: Best material for Obi?
Post By sakuramiyabi. 24/07/12, 04:29 pm

While as Pura said thick cotton is the best choice I have made obi's with regular poplin and interfacing before. You just have to make sure that you iron the interfacing on really well with no air bubbles XD
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Re: Best material for Obi?
Post By Lucca. 30/07/12, 10:06 am

There are actually obi for sale on trademe and in Welly, there's actually a store that sells the unmade Obi fabric (Asia Gallery).

Probably easier to make your own though since the ones on sale on trademe are the traditional ones and they take a lot of effort to put on >.<

Hope I helped, sorry I didn't have anything too helpful to say D:

Good luck on that lolita cosplay!
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Re: Best material for Obi?
Post By Kicho. 30/07/12, 12:25 pm

Obi is traditionally made from heavy silk. A piece of hardboard is then inserted between the obi and the waist to maintain the stiff shape.

From experience I find that heavy cotton is not a good option. It is not stiff enough to maintain a bow shape. The best option would probably be a light-medium weird cotton lined with heavy interfacing. Make sure the cotton is not a blend or a knit or it will stretch and lose it's shape.

There are basically two types of obi that cosplayers make: one that requires a 3m by 30cm piece of fabric that is tied the traditional way. The other one is requires around a 1.5m by 15cm and is called a 'pre-tied' obi, where the bow is made from a separate piece of fabric. The second one is much lighter and quicker to put on. :)
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Re: Best material for Obi?
Post By Ember. 18/11/12, 09:55 am

Some of the quilting fabric at Spotlight is nice and thick and would be suitable for an obi if you ultimately decide to go for a heavyweight cotton. At the moment they have some cotton Japan-print quilting fabric with cherry blossoms and fans which would look nice if you're doing a Japanese themed lolita? (it's also imported to Spotlight from Japan - it says 'Made in Japan' in Japanese script along the edge of the fabric).
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