This framed picture was lovingly created and dyed by master craftsman of the Tokyo hand painted yuzen school Morikawa, who has shown his designs in various kimono and obi (sash) exhibitions, winning several prizes including the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor’s Prize. This work is a deep blue framed, dyed picture of the “Twelve animals”. The concept of the twelve animals has been deeply rooted in Japanese culture for centuries, and works on a twelve year cycle, with one animal as the symbol of each year. Each person automatically adopts the animal of the year in which they were born, and so this design, showing all the animals inside a circle, contains a wish for harmony and good fortune for all the people with whom one comes into contact. The fabric containing silver lame was dyed deep blue using the Tokyo hand painted yuzen technique, producing beautifully contrasting tones.
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