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DESCRIPTION: This is a remarkably simple, but elegant, Silk Fukusa, or formal gift cover, that has been hand woven of rare Chirimen Silk and hand dyed and painted with natural dyes. The design has been freely drawn in the paste resist dyeing technique of “Tsutsugaki” or the Rice Paste Resist method which entailed painting out the design in rice paste each time a new color was added to the design. The reverse side is Chirimen Silk in a strong red color to accentuate the design message of long life and good fortune by the warding off of evil.
Free style patterns based on natural phenomena
are often the most recognizable as being distinctly Japanese, as their
reverence for nature, particularly Mount Fuji, is part of their
heritage and traditional Shinto Religion.
emphasis is on a stylized version of nature, but a certain vagueness is
preferred to absolute clarity in the rendition. The bird’s eye
perspective results in a fluidity of design that represents an
“orderly” version of nature.
of the most common of these patterns, incorporated within this
scene, are the clearly
distinguishable clouds which express dynamic motion. To counterbalance
this activity are the Cranes ("Tsuru") and stylized Pine
("Matsu"). Both the Crane and Pine carry with them added
symbolism. The Pine represents longevity, while the Mandarin Crane stands
for good fortune and long life.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: A “Fukusa” is a cloth used to cover a gift that has been placed on a wooden or lacquered tray during the gift’s elaborate and formal presentation, all of which followed closely defined rules of etiquette. The practice of covering a gift was widespread in Japan before the 1900s. The Fukusa was a valuable family heirloom, as the family itself designed the gift cover to be a thing of beauty.
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Early to Mid Edo Era (1868 - 1912)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Chirimen Silk is an handwoven crepe like silk weave whose process can no longer be duplicated, as it has been lost to the Japanese for over 100 years. The Fukusa itself is in good condition although where the front is sewn to the back, there is some slight fraying.
FINISHED SIZE: 16 1/2: wide x 18" high
PRESENTATION: Fabulous wall hanging or framed art work. The Fukusa is actually 2 separate sides sewed together at the outer seam with the inclusion of the tassels and could easily be made into an extraordinary pillow.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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