|Japanese Cultural Topic No.95|
Noshi (auspicious strips)
|Who could imagine that these gorgeous design of noshi is originally supposed to be abalone?|
In old time, japanese offers fish to the god.
Among various fish, abalone is the most valuable thing for long-lived.
As a present, abalone is thinned like a strip of paper.
Then it's used as a little attatchment for a gift to express "good wishes".
Nowaday you can see those real 'abalone' strips only on new year's decoration or wedding gift.
But the mark of noshi is still very familiar on the formal wrapping paper also called 'noshi'.
Into kimono design, noshi became one of most popular and auspicious motif you can see often on kimono or obi.
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|Written by Etsuko|