Heavy use of gold wrapped threads. Traditionally in Japan gifts were placed in a box on a wooden or Lacquer tray, over which a Fukusa was draped, the choice of a Fukusa appropriate to the occasion was an important part of the gift-giving ritual , the practice of covering a gift became widespread during the Edo or Tokugawa period (16151867). The scenes or the motifs depicted on Fukusa are chosen to indicate either the occasion for which the gift is being given, or because they are appropriate for one of the festivals when gifts are exchanged , the richness of the decoration of the Fukusa attests to the givers wealth and aesthetics. Precisely and delicately hand embroidered.
Similar to many embroidery types, during the early stages. Was only available to the rich and noble classes, because only they could afford such expensive and time-consuming artwork.Became more delicate and precise with more realistic details. Nowadays this once luxurious artwork has spread to a much larger consumer base. Paradoxically, embroidery techniques used to be handed down from one master to one apprentice exclusively, never shared with others. It was hardly known to outsiders until 1980, when Japanese embroidery pieces were exhibited at a national seminar in America.
Moth holes on the reverse side and in places on red trim on front side. Some unraveling of thread as shown in one place on front.Overall, this fukusa is in good condition for its age as fukusa are usually safely stored and only brought out for special occasions. The item "Early Meiji Period 1860-1912 Japanese FUKUSA Hand embroidered Heavy Gold Thread" is in sale since Wednesday, July 22, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Japanese\Kimonos". The seller is "chef52" and is located in Germantown, New York.
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