This small, old, heirloom fragment of Chirimen Silk has been hand painted, using the “Rice Paste Resist” technique, and stenciled with natural dyes to depict the widely-esteemed Manchurian Crane (“Tsuru”) in a very unusual setting.
Seldom is the crane shown, alone, nesting in a tree; ordinarily, a pair would be seen in flight or standing next to the Pine (“Matsu”) which represents longevity. Added to this curious adaptation, is the stylized, almost abstract, portrayal of the pine tree and the floating, open fan (“Sensu”) which indicates a wide open future. As the Crane has traditionally been considered a sign of long life and good tidings, and used for happy occasions; it would not be difficult to conjecture that the original Kimono, from which this fragment has been saved, belonged to a woman of great wealth and nobility who anticipated the arrival of her first child.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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