Kingyo Ori-nui, Mokume, and Makiage Shibori Tenugui
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Folded-edge stitch-resist, bound-resist, & parallel stitch-resist in gold fish pattern
Technique: Ori-nui - Folded edge stitch-resist / Makiage - Stitching and crisscross binding in shape of a motif/ Mokume - Parallel running stitch-resist.
Pattern: Kingyo - Goldfish
Goldfish (kingyo) were first introduced to Japan from China during the Muromachi Period (1336-1573). The fish were bred for centuries for a variety of mutations that made them more aesthetically appealing. Collecting goldfish began as a luxurious hobby for daimyo and other wealthy people, but in the late Edo Period, a ”‘goldfish boom” was triggered by lower ranking samurai, many of whom needed to have a side job to support their families. As supply increased, prices came down; and goldfish collecting and breeding became affordable for commoners.
During the Edo Period a summer tradition called Kingyo Sukui (goldfish scooping) began. A large pool or basin is filled with water and a bevy of goldfish, and people are given the opportunity to catch one for a small price. Goldfish are said to enhance luck and their red color is thought to keep disease away, now it is still a popular attraction at yomise or yatai, night & evening stall or pop-up shops of street foods and attractions at natsu-matsuri, summer festival.
Approximately 1m x 35cm (39in x 13in)
Handmade in Arimatsu, Japan
Tenugui are scarf-size, all-purpose towels made of lightweight cotton, used in Japan for centuries and recently popularized and collected because of their beautiful patterns and graphic designs.
Ukiyo-e Example: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1830s) / Utagawa Kunisada
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