How to Wear a Kimono?
One or two obi can now be placed over top of the folded material. If two obi are used then the first should be wider then the second. The excess kimono fabric should hang evenly below the obi so that the fabric is seen.
The traditional long obi is very difficult to tie. It is much easier to have the assistance of another person to tie the belt for you. Tying the obi is an art and expression in itself. Pre-tied obi belts simplify the process.
A woman's formal obi is usually 4 meters long and 60 centimeters in width and is made of a brocade or tapestry weave. It is often a complex process that requires at least two people to create, think of that bow you wrap around a present but make it very large, that is a formal obi. The width is folded in half and the obi is wrapped twice around the waist and then tied in the back.
A second narrower obi is 10 centimeters to 30 centimeters wide and made of satin, twill, chirimen, gauze weaves, cotton, nylon or wool. This obi can be placed over the first wider obi and then secured with the obijime for a more formal look.
Butterfly and Drum Pre-Tied Obi
Finally, secure the obi bow by threading the obiage into the bow and tying at the front of the waist. Be sure to tuck in the obiage in a wavy shape across the front of the rib cage.