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.