Fortune cat (招き猫 Maneki Neko in Japanese) is often translated as "Beckoning Cat". It is believed to bring good luck to its owner. Maneki Neko beckons for many different things, including good fortune, money, long life, health, & even love. Besides "Beckoning Cat", it may also be called "Lucky Cat", "Good Fortune Cat", "Money Cat", "Happiness Cat", etc.
The symbolism behind the colors: there are quite a few color variations and they each have a special meaning, for example white cat with blue color as this one is associated with intelligence & with education.
This cute Maneki neko is made of Chirimen crepe style fabric that gives it a unique look. The beautiful fabric is decorated with traditional Japanese kimono patterns. Enjoy the authentic and detailed aspects of this lovely handmade item.
The cat holds Uchide-no-Kozuchi (打ち出の小槌) - a legendary Japanese magic hammer which can "tap out" anything wished for. This treasure is also rendered into English as "magic wishing mallet" or "the mallet of fortune". The word uchi de no kozuchi literally translates to "hammer that strikes anything out [that is desired]".
Absolutely lovely item - it would make a unique gift! If any of your family or friends are interested in Japan, they're sure to love this as a present!
Material: polyester chirimen, metal.
MADE IN JAPAN
About Chirimen. Chirimen is traditional Japanese heavy crape cloth used for kimono. In the past genuine chirimen was made of silk and it was very expensive. Nowadays chirimen can also be made of rayon or polyester.Chirimen is a traditional weaving technique that was developed in the late sixteenth century in Japan. The cloth has the unique feature of soft wrinkles. the wrinkles are created by alternating two types of silk thread, twisted in different directions, by turns in the weft. The woven cloth is at first flat, but the wrinkles suddenly emerge after rinsing dirt out of the thread. This is the moment when the breathtaking beauty of the wrinkles is born. Chirimen is mostly used for finely made kimono. However, now chirimen is also used as a material for pouches, wallets, bags, and other fashionable Japanese goods. Depending upon how threads are spun and woven, there is wide variety of Chirimen.Chirimen is also divided into several sub categories: 1. Rayon (Hito Koshi chirimen, Yu Zen chirimen, Kin Sha chirimen, Oni chirimen). 2. Polyester 3. Real Silk.
Please note: Details and colors of the images might be slightly different from the actual product. As it is hand made, small imperfections are common in the work in this quality range.