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(picture kasuri)

Crane (tsuru), Turtle (kame) and geometric images.

Japanese are very fond of an old proverb, "Cranes live 1,000 years, turtles 10,000." The crane and the turtle are mystical and holy creatures which symbolize good fortune, prosperity, happiness and longevity. Cranes also represent marital love and fidelity because the birds pair for life, devout couples for all seasons. These affirmative symbols flourished in the lives of all social classes.

During weddings, the young couple’s parents sometimes presented to their children a futon cover with these two creatures as the motif to encourage an auspicious beginning to married life.

The crane, usually shown in flight, is the most commonly reproduced symbol in Japanese culture, finding its way symbolically into all the cultural arts in one form or another.

The mythological giant turtle known as the minogame, or “straw raincoat-turtle” called such because of its trailing tail resembling a farmer's straw coat. The turtle is so old that it has a backwash of seaweed attached to its back.

This Piece Can Be Added To Your Kasuri/Textile Collection, Become A Project Textile, and/or Made Into A Decorative Wall Hanging.

If you want to make this charming textile into a wall hanging, then consider purchasing the exquisite natural dark bamboo hanging rods as seen on the same page as you found this kasuri piece.
Early 1900s
Fabric hand loomed 100% Cotton.
13 inches X 2.5 feet
33 X 75 cm

Very Good Overall Condition

No spots or rips. May have a few very small, hardly noticeable, pin holes. Exceptions will be noted in photos.

We have washed & ironed this textile, it is ready to display as wall art, to add to your kasuri textile collection or use in your sewing project.
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