Here I have new item to add to my collection of women's kimono with dragon motifs on them.
This is a beautiful taisho era (1912-1925) maru obi. The dragon is woven in beautiful gold threads. You'll notice that the dragon appears to have fin like wings. This is because traditionally dragons are water spirits. It was believed that a dragon began its life in the water. As it grew it would become more snake like and eventually ascend to the sky to become a celestial dragon. So this obi depicts a young dragon.