Obijime Skirt


Obijime (帯締め) = a decorative cord to hold the obi on a kimono in place.

100% Deadstock cotton

Inspired by the Obijime, this traditionally decorative cord has been used to hold up the pleated skirt. Traditional decorative ties are encouraged when wearing this skirt. See the how to videos here. This skirt has been hand dyed with organic indigo powder and is zero waste by design.


Obijime (帯締め) is a cord used to hold an Obi (帯) in place. The Obi originally acted as a tied belt to keep the kimono closed, however is now considered to be purely decorative due to its increased width over time.

The Obijime now serves to hold the Obi in place and add extra decoration. Obijime is the most common form of kumihimo (braided cord), which is considered a dying artform. Generally there are three types of obijime; round, square and flat. The Child of Society Obijime Skirt takes inspiration from the round cord. Obijime are traditionally made from silk coordinated with the seasons and matched with the kimono and obi with consideration of time, place, and occasion. When worn properly, the position, angle and method of tying the obijime differs for age, manner and occasion.

The obijime I wore for my coming of age ceremony (seijinshiki) served as inspiration for the obijime skirt. I wanted to incorporate the obijime into my wardrobe and drew the connection of it acting functionally as a belt. I did however feel the need to incorporate the tying of the obijime as a way to practice the process involved in creating a beautiful tie.

I believe wearers who appreciate the culture or want to connect with their own culture should learn the way to tie as a simple way to feel connected beyond aesthetics.

Terms and Conditions

By pre-ordering this item you understand that it will take 4-6 weeks to produce (excluding shipping). Colours and patterns of the fabric will vary slightly due to the nature of natural dyes and handmade design. Please see our return & refund policies here

By purchasing this item you also agree to dispose of it responsibly and to the best of your ability. This can include repairing, re-gifting, donating and composting (where possible). Please contact us if you need any assistance with disposal.


The important measurement for the Obijime Skirt is the hip measurement. This point does not stretch so the skirt will have to fit over the hips.

The measurements are as follows:
XS: 79cm
S: 87cm
M: 95cm
L: 103cm
XL: 111cm
The length for all skirts are 50cm.
If between sizes please size up.

Custom: For custom sizing we will need a hip measurement minimum. Add custom length if desired.


  1. Cut Fabric
  2. Dye Fabric
  3. Wash
  4. Sew
  5. Add features
  6. Make cording
  7. Final touches
  8. Pack to new wearer


Care Instructions are vital to prolonging the life of garments. Due to the delicate nature of Child of Society items, special care is required:
– Store in shade away from any direct sunlight.
– For the first few washes: Hand wash or Cold machine wash with like-colours.
– Dry in shade away from direct sunlight and iron inside out following the pleat lines.
– Do not bleach or soak. Do not tumble dry.

This top is currently hand-made and hand dyed with organic indigo powder. Reflecting nature, colours will naturally change, mature, and fade over time, making it unique to you! 

I hope you find beauty in this process. The natural origins of this garment also allow it to be compostable! Please repair, re-gift, donate and dispose responsibly. Contact us if you have any issues or questions.


The majority of longstanding textile practices take decades of practice and  dedicated training to master. The purpose of these garments is to incorporate a deep appreciation for longstanding techniques through a modern lens for a sustainable future. These designs are handmade by a young Australian designer to honour her heritage and share her culture. These garments are not claiming to be of traditional artisanal standards or practices.