This magnificent, free style, hand embroidered Pine Tree (“Matsu”) has been created entirely from hand made, pure white, gold threads. This is a form of “Couching,” which, in Japan, was an elaborate and costly process of decoration. This precious White Gold Thread is prepared by first painting a layer of liquid gold on thin, hand finished paper, usually rice paper, and then wrapping it around several threads of Silk. Because of its delicacy, it could not be sewn into the fabric; but was, instead, laid on top of the fabric, and then hand stitched to it.
The sapphire, Satin Silk background has been hand woven and hand dyed in the dark ink navy so popular in the late 1700s. It is a rare, Silk Fukusa or formal gift cover that could only have belonged to one of the families of highest standing in Japan. The Pine Tree, which symbolizes longevity, has been overlaid on top of a complex webbing that has been embroidered with Silk threads to represent the Sun in all its intensity and magnificence. Together, the Pine and the Sun make a powerful statement regarding the family’s emphasis on the virtues of long life.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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