Motifs are the symbolic “shorthand” for written, embroidered, and other artistic works created in Japan down through the ages. The motifs in this piece are among the commonly considered “seven traditional treasures”.
There are many, many more motifs that come from a wide variety of sources in mythology, nature, and folklore dating back to the sixth century in China. In the eighth century, Buddhism came to Japan bringing motifs “Along the Silk Road”. Long periods of isolation furthered the Japanese tradition of symbolism as it turned inward and began its independent development.
This charming piece came to me from a fellow stitcher who could no longer stitch. The design was intact and the motifs were complete. However, there were no instructions, pictures, or threads. Shay Pendray provided guidance and suggestions for a rewarding journey.