This is a rare, hand woven White Silk (color shown is not white enough) Fukusa that has been hand painted in the “Rice Paste Resist” method whereby each color had to be applied separately while the remainder of the colors were blocked out by the rice paste.
This marvelous genre scene contains an elaborate Ikebana arrangement, a wise man (“Kashiko”) studying, the “Daimyo” or Lord working at his desk, and a 12 layered Kimono clad Beauty sitting in front of a striking screen with a flying Crane (“Tsuru”). This view of daily life comes from The Tales Of Genji, Japan’s oldest novel detailing the complex and ritualistic life at Court in the 11th Century. The 4 elaborately hand tied Silk Tassels also date from the Meiji Era and are original to the Fukusa. The art has been further enhanced by the use of pure Gold hand made threads.
The backing of the Fukusa is a stunning red on red brocade pattern of flying cranes, carrying the propitious use of the Crane from the front of the Fukusa to the back. In the bottom right hand corner is the family crest (“Mon”). The crest pattern is that of the “Flower Diamond” or “Hanabishi.” It is one of the earliest known textile patterns in Japan and one of the most popular heraldic motifs.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
TTAC will personally pack and ship via UPS at company expense within the continental U.S.