Product Line Descriptions
The general parameters below address sizes and construction for the primary bag categories.
OBI BAGS: Antique and vintage Japanese obi sashes become stunning bags for day or evening. Closures include a broad array of Asian frogs, vintage buttons, metal clasps, some with tassels, and semi-precious stone pendants. This most popular design, approximately 6 inches wide by 9 inches long, consists of two internal compartments and is worn from the shoulder on a 50 inch cord in a harmonizing color.
Obi Bag No. 361: Blue silk embroidered in silver with magnet close under silver tassel and bead.
OPERA BAGS: Black, water-whorled moiré becomes a discreet bag on a smaller scale, that does not compete with jewelry or clothing. The single distinguishing feature of each bag is the antique or vintage button closure, often of glass, jet or cutwork. This design, approximately 6 inches wide by 6 inches long, is lined in black satin, consists of two internal compartments, and is worn from the shoulder on a 48 inch black satin cord.
Black moiré opera bag.
Opera bag, open view.
PAN-ASIAN BAGS: Both brocade and hand-woven, hand-dyed silk are used to create the Pan-Asian bag, identical in size and and construction to the Opera Bags. Vintage to antique buttons, “found” objects, tassels and small pendants over magnet closures are used along with an harmoniously toned shoulder cord at 50 inches total length….for a smaller woman or girl, and a more playful set of colorways than the black of the Opera Bag.
Pan-Asian in brocade with bottle glass button; Pan-Asian in silk with Art Deco buckle treatment
POCHE: Poche means “pocket” in French. These little receptacles are made of the tag ends of silk Obi sashes – too beautiful to throw away. One inner compartment is lined in satin; the button closures are always vintage. Poches are very handy for holding business cards, credit cards and driver’s license, a gift of cash or a gift card, and as a kepsake presentation for a piece of jewelry.
Poche with clear glass button overlaid in gold.
OBI TOTE: This new line was launched in June 2012 and has taken off very quickly! Obi totes are made from both sides of Fukuro and Nagoya Obis, but also from the inner cores of Japanese Obi sashes. Antique and vintage Obis often have stiff, heavy and rustic-lookiing inner linings which make very interesting totes, especially when combining several different colors and textures in one bag. Alternatively, Recherche is making more festive ones with lots of silk satin sheen, typically from Fukuro and Nagoya types Obis. The third style of Obi Tote is colorful and seasonal – more practical for every day. Obi Tote linings are typically satin, however, whenever possible vintage silk kimono fabric is used as well as lighter-weight, linen-like fabric from newer vintage Obi cores. Vintage buttons, tassels, frogs and pendants create interest, for functionality and for fun! Out of the Ether has provided bamboo pendants for some of the rustic bags which moves these into a higher price category since each pendant is hand-made and with sterling, brass and semi-precious stone beads.
Obi Tote No. 40 with Out of the Ether Bamboo Pendant.