gift cover

Cloth to cover gift, fukusa. Fukusa made of two squares of fabric stitched together along all four edges. Additional tacking two inches in from the border on all four sides and into each corner. Pattern in the weave in red and white imitates the appearance of shibori. On front face a design of bamboo and paulownia stems growing out of a pond is woven into the cloth in greens, pale yellow, blue and grey. Two other pools at the bottom each have a kirin woven in gold, with brown detailing in flames on their backs. Above the trees are two houou birds, one at each side, with a paulownia leaf and flower cluster between. On the reverse is a mon ('edo-nadeshiko') in the form of a pink (i.e. a carnation) in gold thread couchwork.

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