This pattern of significance (meibutsu) is believed to have been featured in the costume for a famous geisha, Teika-tayuu of Kyoto’s Shimabara pleasure district. The original of this textile is used as the shifuku for oomeibutsu “Kyougokunasu” chaire, and “Tsuchida marutsubo” chaire.
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.