Created by Kitamura Tokusai for 2016, the Year of the Monkey. This pattern depicts playful linked monkeys amid banto, the legendary peaches that supply the eater with youth and longevity. This pattern is especially suited for use this year and for people born in the year of the monkey. Additionally, it is also appropriate for people born in the year of the tiger, which is the opposite sign in the Chinese zodiac in accordance with Yinyang philosophy. This kobukusa features orange monkeys on an ecru-colored ground.
Kitamura Tokusai has been making silk cloths, or fukusa, for practitioners of tea since 1712. Their elegant textiles are among the finest woven silk fabrics available in Japan and are made by highly skilled weavers in Kyoto’s historic Nishijin area. Kitamura Tokusai’s inventory of fabrics features over 400 patterns of historical significance, many of which were expressly favored by the founders and most prominent devotees of Japan’s tea culture. The Kitamura family continues to warmly welcome tea and textile enthusiasts to their Nishijin shop by hanging a fukusa, a symbol of hospitality, in the entrance.