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Geisha were very common in the 18th and 19th centuries, and are still in existence today, although their numbers are dwindling. "Geisha," begin to accompany senior geisha to the tea houses, parties and banquets that constitute a geisha's work environment.

Kusakabe Kimbei - Dressing Obi, circa 1890 The kimono is tied with a broad sash called an obi. The knot is shaped and enhanced with a pillow called a makura. It is then wrapped with a long piece of silk, the obi-age. It is finished off with an obi-jime, a decorative cord. The large obi of the geisha’s kimono, as it had to be tied in back, required an attendant.