Obi by the very talented Dia. I made this for Harvard's Anime Cosplay Chess in November 2004 and reprised it for Cosplay Chess at Anime Boston 2005 (in which for complicated reasons I summoned Totoro).
The vines on the skirt are embroidered, but the flowers are painted. Everything else is fairly straightforward. I'm not very pleased with the various pieces, but the overall effect is OK.
This is what happens when I try to make my own props. The Nirvana staff is made from layers of foam and styrene plastic, a metric ton of spray paint, and a few acrylic cabuchons from the craft store.
Best Costume, Harvard Cosplay Chess