This pattern represents one of the most colorful types of meibutsugire, or patterns of special significance. Its name references the same patterned material used to make a pouch for the “Iyosudare Chaire,” a famed tea container from the 16th century that is currently housed at Nagoya’s Showa Museum. The stripes are called “Iyosudare,” for their resemblance to the renowned bamboo blinds made in Iyo in modern-day Ehime prefecture. The flowers depict parnassia blossoms.
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.