Gift cover (fukusa) featuring cranes

Gift cover (fukusa) featuring cranes

Detail of a gift cover (fukusa)
Japan
19th century
Silk tapestry
Museum no. T.262-1959
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Detail of a gift cover or fukusa showing cranes;with red caps and white and blue feathers on a very dark blue ground. Cranes in Japanese textiles generally represent longevity and good fortune. They are most closely associated with Japanese New Year and wedding ceremonies.