Message Card – Fans

A high-quality woodblock printed card with an envelope from Kyoto.

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This gift card was hand-printed by skilled craftspeople using woodblocks. This method of printing was adopted in Japan during the Edo-period (1603-1868 CE) for printing books and creating decorations, produced on both paper and canvas. To create these cards, reliefs of an original design are carved by hand into wooden blocks, with one block for each colour involved.
This card features colourful Japanese folding fans. Fans have served a far wider purpose in Japan than simply cooling the handler. Decorative fans act as stylish accessory to an outfit or can be given as a gift. In feudal Japan, fans could offer visual commands to soldiers, or be employed as weapons. And in ancient times fans were thought to ward off negative energy, making room for positive forces and prayers for happiness.

Size: approx. L10 cm x W6.5 cm

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