Uwa-Obi is an “outer belt” or “sash” which is worn over your samurai do (cuirass) or hitatare (samurai clothing). Crafted from asa (hemp), the uwa-obi is typically 2 to 3.5 meters long, so it can be wrapped around the samurai warrior 2 or 3 times. The warrior places the center of the obi (belt) over the center of the do or navel and begins wrapping it around himself, tying it firmly. A strip of kawa (hide) is added to the center of the obi so that the warrior can quickly find the center. The uwa-obi is specifically used to secure the sageo (saya cord) of their tachi, or katana, wakizashi and tanto to their waist. It is also used to secure other weapons or accessories, such as the Hayago Doran (ammo box) or Kari-Ebira (samurai arrow quiver) for example.
The uwa-obi is sometimes referred to as the “second belt” because it is worn 2nd to or over the sarashi, which was used more to secure the do to the waist of the samurai and could also be used to secure weapons / items as well. The padded yoroi-obi was worn under the armor and is often display over the waist of the yoroi (armor) when it is on display. Traditionally in the Sengoku Era (Warring State) the uwa obi was crafted from white asa linen and could be died dark indigo-blue. In the Edo Era (Peaceful State) aya (cotton) or kenpu (silk) would be used. The length depends on the needs of the warrior.
Ordering Tips: The uwa-obi should match the circumference of your waist or desired length you want. Add an additional 7 cm to your length if wearing it with your samurai armor. Please know that WE will add to your requested length to ensure it can be tied comfortably.
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- Can be worn with or without armor
Our Uwa-Obi are traditionally crafted by the Iron Mountain Armory at the time of your order, so please allow 1 week for crafting time. As always, please allow extra time for processing and packing of your product.
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