This damask depicts the legendary peach fukujyuka, that only bears fruit once every 3000 years. The person who eats the fruit is said to live 10,000 years. The peach symbolizes the Xiwangmu, or the Chinese goddess, The Queen mother of the West, of Chinese mythology.
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