Sea of Chrysanthemums
Sea of Chrysanthemums
about 25cm diameter x about 2cm
wooden frame, cotton linen canvas (under-layer), pure silk (outside-layer)
About this canvas
The canvas is crafted from kimono fabric adorned with red and white chrysanthemums that seem to float on the waves.
Period / Story
The kimono used for this canvas was created and worn during the late Showa period (1960-80ies).
Explanation and meaning of pattern and colors
The canvas feature a delightful red and white chrysanthemum pattern with a rounded silhouette. The red and white colors symbolize auspiciousness and a bright future.
The chrysanthemum flower, which retains its beauty long after being cut, is a symbol of longevity, purification of negative energies, and a sign of good fortune. In ancient times, the chrysanthemum pattern was favored by the emperors during the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and remains the most prestigious flower pattern and emblem of the Japanese imperial family today.
The background of the entire furisode displays an ancient five-color wave pattern. These five colors include blue, red, yellow, white, and black. However, due to historical dye variations and color perception, blue was often represented as green, and black as purple. As a result, the colors may actually appear as green, red, yellow, white, and purple.
The use of these five colors originates from ancient Chinese principles of Yin-Yang and the five elements and is deeply intertwined with Japanese culture. These colors are still commonly used today for various decorations, primarily to ward off malevolent spirits.
Characteristics of the fabric
Chrysanthemums and waves are dyed in kata-yuzen traditional print. The bright colors, including the eye-catching red of the chrysanthemums, are exquisitely balanced by the blending of the waves and chrysanthemum leaves in various places.
The distinctive line drawings in smoked silver, reminiscent of the threads that form the edges of the dyeing process, beautifully complement the white margins.
The wave caps of the waves on the canvas in the center are expressed in a three-dimensional weave as if they were splashing.
The canvas can be displayed on a table, etc. You will need tacks or nails to hang it on the wall. Because it is light, you can hang it with two ordinary thumbtacks. You can also lean it against an easel. Perfect for redecorating your room, as a housewarming gift, as a present, or as a souvenir for your loved ones! The product will be carefully wrapped and sent, so it can be used as a gift on the go.
All the works are made from real kimonos, antiques and vintages. For this reason, the fabric may have traces of long-term use and minor fabric damages. - In case there are any scratches or stains, we always add a photo of the area on the item page, so please check before purchasing. Regarding precaution, cancellation and refund policy, please refer to the refund policy in the footer section of the site for information.
The last pictures in the gallery are the pictures of the reverse side of the canvas, the attachments and the package.