How to tie nijudaiko

How to tie nijudaiko

Nijudaiko or nijutaiko is the most popular obi shape for auspicious formal events. Two layers are made in hope that happiness will happen again.

There are two types of fukuro obi, one for formal wear and one for non-formal wear.

Obi I used in this lesson is called share-obi used for casual events. It has no silver and gold threads.

This kimono with shark skin patterns is one of edo-komon, traditional patterns worn by samurai in the Edo period. Today, edo-komon with a family crest is worn on ceremonies, while one with no-crest is worn as ordinary clothes.

Okay, let’s try!


Things necessary

  1. Fukuro obi
  2. Obijime cord
  3. Obiage cloth
  4. Himo (karihimo)
  5. Obimakura pad wrapped with the gauze (30 cm × length of your opened arms)
  6. Clip and rubber band (if you need)

If you already selected your obiage, wrap obimakura with it as shown in the photo below.

wrap the pad with "obiage" cloth

Please refer to Preparation for kimono lessons if you want to check the detail.

Before you start tying, fold your obi  into karidatami.

Please refer to this video.

How to tie nijudaiko

Wrap obi and tighten it

take "te"

1. Take the half-width part called te and put it on your shoulder. The folded edge called wa is facing outward.

This obi is very long,  so I took it longer than as usual. tesaki is basically placed on the middle of obiita.


wrap "obi" once

2. Wrap obi once.


Take the diagonal part

3. Take the diagonal part (white star) from the bottom.


draw "obi"

4. Draw the white star to the bottom line called obishitasen (yellow star) and pull the right hand obi forward.


Widen the width

5. Widen the width of the front part if necessary.

If you are over 155 cm tall, widen your obi.


Wrap the obi again

6. Wrap the obi again and tighten it.


Make a knot by folding

hold the folded edge

7. Take the te off from your shoulder and hold the folded edge called wa.


Slide it to the right beyond the back center

8. Slide it to the right beyond the back center and slide the left hand down to the bottom line.


Slide "te" to the left

9. Slide te to the left a little along the bottom line. While hold the left hand there, tighten  the right hand obi.


fold it up as following the dotted line.

10. Te and tare crossed. Place your right hand under the cross part, holding your left hand in place.  Then fold it up as following the dotted line.


The back view after folding.

11. The back view after folding. Folding te and “tare” together makes a knot.


Take "karihimo"

12. Take karihimo and pass it to the other hand.


Secure the knot with "karihimo"

13. Secure the knot with karihimo


Tie it firmly

14. Tie it firmly on obi.


long "te"

15-1. Take te, pull it firmly, and bring it  to the front. If it is a little bit longer, you should turn it to the opposite side.


make it shorter

15-2. Here! It became shorter.


Tuck "te" in.

16. Tuck te in.


Make otaiko

Open "taremoto" near the knot

17. Open taremoto, near the knot and fold into a triangle.

It is important to open neatly to make a beautiful otaiko.


Take "tare".

18. Take tare.


Make a triangle from "teresaki"

19. Make a triangle from teresaki, the end of the wide part on your lap.


Place only 1/3 of "obimakura" pad

20-1. Place only 1/3 of obimakura pad on the side of the triangle as shown.


setting "obimakura"

20-2. Place a pad for obi on the line of red (1/3) or the black (1/2). It depends on your height.


make a double layer with the rest of "tare".

21. Unfold the triangle and make a double layer with the rest of tare.


Straighten "obi"

22. Straighten obi between the knot and the double layer.


Hold "obimakura", the pad firmly.

23. Hold obimakura, the pad firmly.


Put it on the upper line of  "obi"

24. Put it on the upper line of  obi.


The view after putting on.

25. The view after putting on. Tie the gauze string firmly to secure the pad and tare in place.


Hold the gauze string only

26. Hold the gauze string only. While pulling it forward, move it up and down to fit the pad firmly on your back.


Tie the string aside and pull it forward

27. Tie the string aside and pull it forward at the center front. Put the knot deeply between obi and datejime.

This action creates some space in front of you, making it easier to breathe. Moreover, obimakura gets stuck to your back.


Tie the "obiage" temporarily.

28. Tie the obiage temporarily.


Make “otaiko”

Place the "karihimo"

29. Place the karihimo along the bottom line of the obi, move it to the double layer of tare and hold both together.

The position of the karihimo depends on your height. If you want a larger otaiko, place the karihimo lower than obishitasen, the bottom line of obi.


Fold the double layer of "tare" inside

30. Fold the double layer of tare inside to make otaiko and leave  tare about 10 cm from taresaki. Tie karihimo firmly on obi at the front,


Take "te".

31. Take te.


Insert "te"

32-1. Insert te right under the double layer otaiko.


the side views

32-2. Here are the side views.

The next step is tying obijime. Please refer to How to tie obijime and obiage.

Here is the video too.


The view after tying obijime.

Hold "obi" tightly with "obijime" cord.

33. Hold obi tightly with obijime cord.

The next step is tying obiage. Please refer to How to tie obijime and obiage.

Here is the video.


Okay, finished!

View of the front.

34. The view of the front.


"otaiko" shape.

35. Finally check your otaiko shape.


Okay, ladies! Good job!