A pair of cushions handmade from an oriental gold fan (Uchiwa) and floral embroidery design vintage obi woven with real gilt and silk thread. Backed with vintage kimono silk. Mid-Showa Period. Japanese circa 1955.
Obi, meaning sash, is a belt for traditional Japanese dress generally worn as part of kimono outfits. Obis frequently carry a variety of symbols. These cushions are embroidered with golden fans (Uchiwa) and a type of Chrysanthemum known as ‘Steamed Bun’ (Manjukiku) because it resembles a puffy dessert of the same name. The fan is a symbol of prosperity and gold ones are considered to attract wealth. Chrysanthemums are an auspicious symbol of beauty, rejuvenation and longevity.