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Fukusa Accent Pillow with Cranes and Turtle
A flock of flying cranes is a symbol with multiple meanings. They always signify good luck, but multiple cranes also mean social or family harmony. They are flying over an old turtle on a rock. The turtle is a very old symbol for a lucky, long life. From his size we see that this turtle is very old and therefore very lucky. The green trailing from his back is an algae colony. Most of the ponds in Japan are inhabited by turtles and the environment is conducive to the growth of algae which colonize the shell on the turtle’s back. The colony grows and grows throughout the turtle’s life. The older the turtle, the larger and longer the trailing algae colony. It looks like a green veil floating behind when you see them in the water. This fukusa could have been used for an anniversary party, a birthday or another happy occasion. Circa 1930.
This pillow is backed with forest green microsuede which reflects the color of the turtle on the front. The cording and tassel trim is maroon, forest green and pale gold.
A Fukusa is a woven square of silk fabric traditionally used by the Japanese to cover a ceremonial gift during its presentation. We've used Fukusa (Fukusa is both singular and plural) to create unique decorative pillow covers which are about 24" x 24" in size. Fukusa, are generally backed with another piece of silk material. Often the backing silk material is bright orange or red and contains the family crest of the person or family giving the gift. Each of these Fukusa are combined with hand selected backing fabrics, borders and tassels to make decorative accent pillows that are truly one-of-a-kind.
Most modern Fukusa are quite small and mostly used for the tea ceremony. Think of them as a combination of gift wrapping and greeting card. The message conveyed by the symbols on the Fukusa is very important and needs to be appropriate for the occasion. The Fukusa silk decorative pillows we offer are made using these antique or vintage (around 50 to 100 years old) gift coverings.
Fukusa that are in acceptable condition and suitable for decorative designer pillows are becoming increasingly scarce and hard to find. And as the scarcity has increased, the prices have also increased dramatically. Fukusa are a beautiful, disappearing piece of Japanese cultural history but beautifully preserved in these decorative down pillows.
The Fukusa used in these down pillows are hand woven silk with intricate loom embroidery. In addition, some of these Fukusa also have hand embroidered highlights. All accent pillow fillings are down and feathers. As these are old pieces, at least 50 years old, there is minor wear associated with age but these decorative throw pillows are all sturdy and in excellent condition.Shipping of this selection to your location within the continental United States is
$25Furniture delivery generally in about 14 days. Smaller items generally within 10-14 days.
Free immediate furniture delivery or warehouse pickup in metro-New Orleans.We ship internationally
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