Fukusa, gift cover

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made in Japan

Postcard of Fukusa, gift cover.
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Fukusa, gift cover

A fukusa is an oblong or square piece of material, often lined with tassels at the corners. It is used to cover gifts placed on a lacquer tray, patterned face down. It was not kept but returned with a small thank you present on the tray.

This fukusa is embroidered with a design of the shell game on satin. It is lined in red chirimon. Matching shells in a set of two boxes, kai-oke, were one of the most prized items in a brides trousseau. The matching halves symbolise a well-matched couple.

The design of the fukusa is suitable for wedding gifts. The shell game consists of matching the designs on 180 clam shells, 360 halves. The winner matches the most shells.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-328-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1927.162
Date: 1850 - 1900
19th century
Material: Satin embroidered with gold thread and coloured silks and crepe
Dimensions: 28.00" x 35.75" D
What: Fukusa
Subject: Textiles
Where: Japan
Description: Blue satin fukusa covering for a lacquer box embroidered with gold thread and coloured silks with a gilt tassel at one end: Japanese, 1850 - 1900
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