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How to tie a tanzen obi

(Slowly getting more visual information on how to make some knots in the tanzen obi)


black and white men's kimono doll

Butterfly knot

Tanzen obi


instruction make butterfly knot

1) Start with folding the tesaki (手先) in half. The beginning of the winding start of the band is called "hand (tesaki)"

instruction make butterfly knot

2) Hold the "hand" with your left hand and wrap it around the pelvis

instruction make butterfly knot

3) Let's let 'hands' escape onto the belt when we have finished winding around the belt. Let's narrow the band "strongly" every time it winds up.

instruction make butterfly knot

4) After winding the band for about 3 turns, tie "hand" so that it passes inside the belt.

instruction make butterfly knot

5) Holding the winding end part of the band with your right hand, use the left hand to firmly tighten the start of winding.

instruction make butterfly knot

6) Wrap the remaining portion of the winding end of the band "tare" on the knot. The portion of the end of the winding end of the belt is called "dripping". I will fold "tare" on the band's knot.

instruction make butterfly knot

7) Adjust the length of the end of the obi (tare) to about 20 centimeters. This part determines the size of the butterfly's wings.

instruction make butterfly knot

8) Beginning of winding of the band Tie the start of the belt "hand" so that it passes inside the belt. Tie the "hand" so that it passes through the center of "folding back".

instruction make butterfly knot

9) Raise the band start portion "hand" to the top and tighten the band with a sharp pull. Wrap the "hand" around the band for about 2 turns.

instruction make butterfly knot

10) Pinch the remaining "hand" between the bands. Let's keep it beautifully so that "hands" do not come out of the belt.

instruction make butterfly knot

11) Let's shape the belt with both hands. We prepare the band so that the "butterfly feathers" will spread cleanly.

instruction make butterfly knot

12) After adjusting the shape of the belt, turn the belt clockwise and bring the knot of the belt to the back.

instruction make butterfly knot

13) The knot of the belt is not just behind, it is stylish to "slide a little".

Found these images and instructions at Kyo-ya




black and white men's kimono doll

Bow knot

Tanzen obi


  • 1. Position the middle of the obi at the front of your body
  • 2. Bring the sides of the obi around your body to the back
  • 3. Cross the two ends at the back
  • 4. Bring the two ends back again to the front
  • 5. Pull the ends to make a snug fit
  • 6. Tie a bowknot like you would do your shoe's
  • 7. Push the knot off center at the back (not middle)
  • 8. If the ends of the obi are too long, try pushing them inside



black and white men's kimono doll

Bow unknown

Tanzen obi




black and white men's kimono doll

Some ways to fold a tanzen obi

How to wrap a Tanzen obi



instruction how to fold tanze obi

1) First, fold the end as shown in the picture. At this time, the part where the red line is drawn becomes one side of the pentagon, please adjust it to just about the length.

instruction how to fold tanze obi

2) Next, fold back so that the right end of the previous red line fits the end of the band. At this time, please adjust so that the red line of the image below has the same length.

instruction how to fold tanze obi

3) Afterwards, with patting up ...

instruction how to fold tanze obi

4) Just turn around.

instruction how to fold tanze obi

5) Lastly, fold the last remaining piece into the pentagon ...

instruction how to fold tanze obi

6) Finished

Found these images and instructions at Ushigyu.net


A very simple but effective way to fold an obi:
instruction how to fold tanze obi

Fold the tanzen obi in half

instruction how to fold tanze obi

and again in half

instruction how to fold tanze obi

until you reach the size you are satisfied with

instruction how to fold tanze obi

You can store it flat or folded one more time standing up for a better view when selecting which to choose