Friday, 25 January 2008

Meiji Period Fukusa

This supreme fully embroidered fukusa has just arrived from Ichiroya, it dates from the Meiji period (1868-1912) or possibly a little earlier. It features a Houraisan (an imaginary island on the back of a turtle), a crane, and treasures.
It must have been a treasured possession and been very well looked after, there are a couple of slight frays in the fabric, but the the embroidery is in perfect condition. I was very lucky to get this, pieces of this kind don't come up very often and they are usually snapped up.
It measures about 25 x 26 inches, it is made of navy shusu silk and is backed with orange silk.


coral-seas said...

So much to look at and so much to ask! How wonderful to have this to admire but also to examine the stitching! I've lots of questions but I will restrain myself and ask only the most pressing. How is the belly of the crane done, is it stitching or appliqu├ęd fabric? Oh! and will you be bring this to Bo'mo?


Jane said...

Haven't figured out how it's done yet. But it will be in Bournemouth so we might be able to figure it out then.


Lelia said...

WOW! Gorgeous : )