But last week when it was so hot I suddenly had the idea to make a tote from the fabric. Here it is:
When I looked better at the listing Togei made on Etsy I read that the fabric was used for kimono obi's. Then i understood the stiffness. Here you read more about kimono obi's.
I found this beautiful photo of two ladies in kimono's with obi's/sash on the Tokyotimes website.