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Item Dramatic Katazome Indigo Cotton Wedding Futon Cover With Images of Cranes and 3 Friends Of Winter.
Early 1900s, Meiji Era
Fabric 100% Cotton
4.3 X 5.0 feet
132 X 152 cm
Medium-Heavy Weight, Strong, Thick, Soft Fabric,
1.0 lb, 465 g
Excellent Condition, No Holes, No Spots, No Rips.

4 fabric panels which have been hand stitched together to form this textile.
Comments This is a Wedding futon cover which was presented to the newlyweds by their parents, wishing them an auspecious beginning for their marital life.

For the Japanese, the crane symbolizes marital love and fidelity because cranes are monogamous, pairing for life, devoted mates in all seasons.

The Three Friends of Winter, also known as "Sho Chiku Bai" in Japanese, are the pine, bamboo, and plum plants seen on this textile. These evergreen plants are closely interwoven with the spiritual and physical life of the Japanese people. Together they symboize "virtue, long life & happiness." The Japanese observed that the pine, bamboo and plum do not wither as the cold days deepen into the winter season unlike many other plants.

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