This unusual Fukusa, or formal gift cover, has been hand woven in Shioze Silk, a hard edged silk that is very strong and not commonly found in old Japan. The light blue color of the background silk is also very unusual and comes from the natural dyes of the indigo plant. The three Mandarin Cranes, “Tsuru,” who symbolize good fortune, fly over the stylized wave pattern so typical of Japanese design. They are on their flight to the sun, which, as legend has it, will take them 1000 years. On their journey they pass the famous landmark of “meoto-iwa” or wedded rocks, just off the coast of Ise, the site of the most sacred shrines in Japan. These rocks are associated with Izanagi and Izanami who, in myth, gave birth to the islands of Japan. The auspicious components of this design were significant to the family who commissioned the weaving of this fabulous Fukusa. It is further indicated by the inclusion of pure Gold Threads woven in the design. The reverse side of this dramatic Fukusa includes the Family Crest or “Mon.” It is that of the Pine or “Matsu,” representing long life.
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