Buy Asian furniture for sale with secure shopping.Antique Asian Decor: Fukusa Accent Pillow with Fans and Kaioke Boxes from Japan

Item #AS2A115X
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Approximate Age: Showa Era Circa 1930
Origin: Japan
Material:Silk Embroidery on Silk
Dimensions:Width: 24" (61cm)
Height: 24" (61cm)
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24"(61cm) wide x deep x 24"(61cm) high

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Fukusa Accent Pillow with Fans and Kaioke Boxes


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This fukusa is filled with auspicious symbols – almost any good thing in life that someone might wish for. It is very artistically done, displaying the symbols on fans and kaioke boxes. These boxes were containers for pieces of an ancient shell matching game popular in the Heian era (8th- 12th century). The game was called kai-awase and through time, the game pieces and the containers became magnificent works of art only found in museums today. The styling of the kaioke on the pillow show woven images of painted containers covered in symbolic artwork. We can see pine for wisdom, cranes for good luck, the ocean representing time and change and a house for solidarity and family. The fans contain more symbols with a predominant branch of cherry blossoms to signify beauty and renewal. This beautifully designed piece of the weaver’s art shows up nicely on a bright cream background with soft blues and golds. Circa 1950.

This pillow is backed in medium blue silk dupioni and is trimmed with blue/brown/gold heavy cording and gold tassels.

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.

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size: 24"(61cm) wide x deep x 24"(61cm) high
age: Showa Era circa 1930
material: Silk Embroidery on Silk
origin: Japan