Fukusa Decorative Pillow with Fan and Mallet Of Luck
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The decorated fan is used as an artistic device to display a beautiful country scene with a house, symbol of permanence and lineage, a stream for continuity and time, pine for wisdom, cherry blossoms for youth and renewal. All of these are bound by cords to represent relationships of family and society. The mallet of luck symbolizes opportunity and the ability to make something of that opportunity. Circa 1960
Backing is soft olive green dupioni silk with gold cording and 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 is a 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.
Silk Road Collection Asian Furniture and Decor
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Seller Since 2008
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- Textiles, Clothing & Accessories
- Type / Pattern
- Ancient Craftsmen
- Showa Era circa 1960
- Country of Origin
- Width: 24 inches
- Height: 24 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 0 pound
- Antique / Good
- Silk Embroidery on Silk