Ginger and Lemongrass Vintage Obi Made Laptop Bag


This unique laptop bag is made from a mid Showa-era (1970s) woven silk Pre-Tied obi.

The laptop sits in the zippered section at the back of the Taiko (the knot). It sits closest to your body, along your back. This keeps the tech feeling very secure up against you. The original padding sits between the laptop and the strap, just so that it’s a little more comfortable for you to wear.

The maximum-size of laptop that will fit this bag is 10″ x 15″ x 1.25″.

In order to keep the Taiko-shape, there is an additional small bag between the laptop pocket and the outside of the knot. This bag is 11″ x 9.5″ x 2.5″ deep, and made of black duck cloth. It’s very sturdy, holds notebooks snugly, and closes with a zipper. It attaches to both the front and the back of the Taiko for security. It velcros to the laptop pocket at the back, and uses magnetic snaps to attach to the front of the knot, so that it’s easy to remove if needed.
The front of the taiko has a smaller pocket down at the bottom, as shown in the 3rd photo. this holds headphones and laptop cords quite nicely, and closes with velcro.
The strap itself is the original strap of this obi. Some strengthening lines have been sewn into it, and the original velcro from this obi has been reused here as the closure. The strap is a total of 60″ long, and is meant to be worn cross-body.

I made this bag during the summer of 2015, and I took it with me when I spent 2 weeks in Sweden that fall. This bag held my laptop and all my essentials PERFECTLY, and it was wonderful on the plane, because it’s small enough that I could keep it at my feet or on my lap with no problem. I never felt the need to put it in the overhead bins, and I was always able to access my books, camera, and identification quickly and easily whenever I needed it. I never felt like the bag was slipping, and I never felt that my laptop was about to fall out or get damaged. I feel sure that you’ll love it just as much.

I can make this same type of bag with any Obi, pre-tied or not, new or vintage. If you have an Obi in mind, just make sure that the width is .5″ wider than your laptop. If you just want custom colors, let me know, I’d LOVE to scour the internet and find the perfect one for you.

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Additional information

Weight 80 oz
Dimensions 12 × 3 × 10 in