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Item #AS2A169X
Price:$800.00
Sale price:$0.00
Approximate Age: Showa Era Circa 1950
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 Kotobuki Calligraphy

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Kotobuki is the ancient Kanji symbol for congratulations or best wishes. This is beautifully executed calligraphy and is a faithful copy of a painted symbol considered art in its own right. Calligraphy is an art form with no real equivalent in Western culture except perhaps old illuminated manuscripts. Calligraphy drawn by famed artists is well know and respected. This particular symbol has been copied from a very old work and is accompanied by the ‘chops’ of early owners of the art. Simple but very elegant and in good taste. This type of fukusa is general purpose and could be used for almost any occasion. Circa 1950.

Red silk dupioni is used on the pillow back and the trim is red/gold heavy cording with red ball tassels and brass beads.

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 1950
material: Silk Embroidery on Silk
origin: Japan