New design for the year of the rabbit in 2023.
Throughout history, white rabbits were considered to be auspicious signs. In a Buddhist tale, a white rabbit ascended to the moon after sacrificing its life to save Shakra, disguised as a starving man. In this kobukusa damask, a white rabbit is depicted as rowing a crescent moon boat in the quiet of the night.
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.