A hand-spun, hand-woven, plain-weave cotton tsutsugaki matrimonial blanket that features a phoenix standing on a large branch of the paulownia tree. The phoenix and the paulownia are intimately associated in Japanese legend – the phoenix will only alight on the branches of this tree. A composite of several animals, the phoenix is a symbol of peace and the rising sun, a bird whose song is particularly musical and auspicious. Because the phoenix is the female counterpart of the male dragon and its varied colored feathers represent the traditional virtues of truthfulness, propriety, righteousness, benevolence and sincerity – it is an auspicious bridal motif, hence popular in tsutsugaki textiles. Four-panel construction. Red, orange, charcoal, light and dark blue on greenish-blue. Very good condition, with some fading due to age. Note that the five black hanger-holders sewn in at the top were added recently. 61" x 48".