Follow the Crane
Follow the Crane
diameter approx. 30cm x 2cm (2 items)
silk (outside-layer) , wooden frame, cotton linen canvas (under-layer)
About this canvas
The crane in the canvas appears to be facing the sun, but upon closer examination, you can also discern a large crane intricately woven into the sun itself.
Period / Story
The kimono featured on the left canvas was created and used during the late Showa period (1960-80ies), while the naga-juban featured on the right canvas was made and worn during the Taisho period (1910th).
Explanation and meaning of pattern and colors
The crane is often associated with "longevity" in Japanese culture, as reflected in the saying, "A crane lives for a thousand years, a tortoise for ten thousand years." Cranes are also symbolic of "marital bliss" because they are believed to mate for life, signifying a harmonious and lasting partnership. This symbolism is often incorporated into weddings and other celebratory occasions.
The deep scarlet or rich red color has long been associated with the power to "ward off evil" and is believed to bring about good fortune. During the Heian period (794-1185), this color was used primarily for sacred structures and ritual objects that held significant spiritual value.
Due to the restrictions placed on ordinary people, who were prohibited from wearing red kimonos, this color became highly coveted and held a special place in Japanese culture.
Characteristics of the fabric
The canvas on the right is a naga-juban under-kimono designed for furisode (long-sleeved kimono), featuring a large woven pattern of cranes and clouds in an auspicious design set against fabric background. The fabric possesses a gentle luster and offers a soft, smooth texture.
On the canvas to the left, the ground pattern is intricately woven with larger, rowed dots that evoke the appearance of snow. While "arare," a traditional Japanese pattern consisting of fine polka dots, is commonly found on kimonos, this particular kimono stands out due to its larger, more prominent polka dots, which lend it a charming and cute impression.
One distinctive feature of this kimono is the unique dyeing technique applied to the cranes, which are presented in the form of line drawings. The white sections, resembling red and white coloring, are dyed using a combination of gold and mud, resulting in a sumptuous, shimmering effect when exposed to light.
Canvas can be displayed on a table, wall, etc. Hanging on a wall requires hooks, tacks or nails. It can also be displayed propped up on an easel. Ideal for a room makeover, housewarming gift, present, or souvenir for a loved one.
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.
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The last pictures in the gallery are the pictures of the reverse side of the canvas, the attachments and the package.