is a word that refers to various Japanese belts
and sashes used for attire varying from formal kimonos to martial arts uniforms. Obi's worn with kimonos
function to secure the robe in place as well as a decorating embellishment. An obi for a mans kimono is often rectangular and darkly colored whereas an obi for a woman’s kimono is much wider and longer and is tied under the breasts and wrapped around the waist more times.
Obi are also worn with hakama, a type of skirt worn by men with kimonos, and yukata robes, a light summer kimono worn by men and women alike. Martial arts obis come in various colors that denote a practitioner's level of expertise. Whether you’re wearing them with a kimono or with Western-style clothes for a touch of Asian influenced style, either way your sure to catch people’s attention with these Asian belts.