This decorative motif was used in Tang China and Japan’s Nara and Heian periods (roughly, the seventh to twelfth century). AWAI’s freely winding karakusa arabesques are inspired by late Heian hosoge embroidery and the ornamental practices of Esoteric Buddhism, which are also linked to the sumptuous Heike Nokyo sutras at Itsukushima Shrine. Often used as decoration in Buddhist temples, these hosoge and karakusa motifs are executed with solid three-dimensionality in silver thread. The gold threads woven into soothingly colored fabric gleam like grains of light. The hosoge and karakusa in silver thread stand out vividly. Add a gentle touch to everyday life with this ancient expression of tenderness toward flowering things.
Color: Pale crimson and indigo
This combination of subdued, dusky pale crimson and deep indigo gives the motifs in silver thread an even greater sense of solidity.