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 to antique buttons, metal clasps, some with tassels, and semi-precious stone pendants. This most popular design is fully padded, lined in satin, approximately 6 inches wide by 9 1/2 inches long, consisting of two internal compartments, and is worn from the shoulder on a 50 inch cord in a harmonizing color.

Obi Bag No. 788:  Purple silk with vintage black glass collectible button.

PAN-ASIAN BAGS:   Chinese brocade, hand-woven, hand-dyed silk from Vietnam, and vintage Japanese Obi or kimono fabrics, are used to create the Pan-Asian Bag.  While the Chinese brocades and Vietnamese silks remain at the smaller 6 X 6 inch format, the Pan Asian Bags made from Obi and kimono fabrics have been modified.  These bags are now 8 inches in length with soft padding added between the inner compartments.  The back compartment has the addition of an extra pocket, providing additional separation for the contents.

Pan-Asian in brocade with bottle glass button; Pan-Asian in silk with Art Deco buckle treatment

New modified Pan Asian from vintage silk Fukuro Obi.


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, fully padded, 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 keepsake presentation for a piece of jewelry.

Poche with clear glass button overlaid in gold.

OBI TOTE:  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  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 style Obis.  Obi Totes are now fully padded in the body as well as the outside pocket.   Linings are typically satin, except for the rustic totes which are lined in muslin.  Vintage buttons, tassels, frogs and pendants create interest, for functionality and fun!

Obi Tote No. 117 combining vintage silk kimono and obi fabrics.