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Yosano Toile - Red fabric by siya on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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by siya

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Description:

Yosano, Japan Town Flower: Sunflower Town Tree: Camellia The region is famous for its Chirimen silk and the Amanohashidate (the "Bridge of Heaven") Also included: some references to local festivals and the local haunted bell.

Currently, my town is Yosano, Japan. It is situated on the western side of the main island and you can see the Amanohashidate (a natural land bridge considered one of Japan's most scenic locations) across the bay. I'm not entirely well-versed in our town's history or landmarks, but I used what I know. Here is a list of things featured in this design:

-the Amanohashidate, as seen from Yosano. The name means "Bridge of Heaven" (though there are some variant, equally reliable translations). When viewing the bridge from atop the mountains surrounding the bay, it is traditional to look at the land bridge upside-down from between your legs. This is reported to make the bridge look like it is in the sky. You can read more about the Amanohashidate on Wikipedia
. -Sunflowers are Yosano's town flower because it symbolizes happiness, friendship and cooperation. The town keeps a field of sunflowers in honor of these virtues.
-Camellias are Yosano's town tree. I am not entirely certain what they are supposed to symbolize, but we have a camellia museum and a camellia festival.
-The hydrangeas refer to a time when Yosano used to be three separate villages. The hydrangea was the town flower for the village that was the part of town I live in. In 2006, the villages chose to merge together to form the larger town of Yosano. There are still street lamps and manhole covers which depict hydrangeas.
-The antique spools of silk thread, women with old-fashioned hair styles and bolts of silk and couple dressed in kimono refer to the town's chirimen silk industry. The town holds a silk road festival every autumn.
-The palanquin and retainers are a tribute to...a very influential family in the town's history. I don't really have a good resource on this, so I don't know if the family was nobility or silk merchants (there were both in my town's history and both have been "impersonated" in parades and festivals - these guys are common in our festivals, I just don't know who they're supposed to be.)
-The Crying Bell at Nariai Temple is sealed inside a belltower, never to be struck again. Legend has it that when the bell was commissioned, the people living near the temple were asked to donate their bronze mirrors as material. One woman refused to donate her mirror, but still wanted to watch the bell being made. While she watched, she accidentally dropped her baby into the molten bronze. After the bell was cast, it was sounded for the first time and people living nearby complained that they heard a baby crying. This is why the bell sealed away.

Other things that never made it into the design are:
-Rice. Rreportedly, our region has the best rice in all of Japan.
-a reference to Aberystwyth, Wales, our sister city due to reconciliation efforts of a former POW from Aberystwyth who was imprisoned in a nearby mining camp during the Second World War and the people of Yosano.
-a reference to the prehistoric "Tango Kingdom". Archaeological evidence seems to suggest that there was once a kingdom which ruled our region. Historians have named it "Tango" after the former province of which the region was a part. Clay pottery and goods from ancient China have been found in nearby burial mounds.

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siya

siya says: Printed on cotton sateen.

siya uploaded a fabric image for siya's design Yosano Toile - Red :

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Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Victoria!

Posted over 4 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: Congratulations on top ten! this looks fabulous printed up, and I love your illustrations.

Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Cean!

Posted over 4 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: Woo Hoo! Congrats Siya! I'm so happy to see this in the top ten!

Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Virginie!

Posted over 4 years ago.

demigoutte

demigoutte says: Congrats Alexander :)

Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Rhonda and Samarra!

Posted over 4 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: Congratulations on placing in the Top Ten with this marvelous toile, Alexander!

Posted over 4 years ago.

sammyk

sammyk says: Big congratulations, Alexander!

Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Heather!

Posted over 4 years ago.

heather...

heatherdutton says: Beautifully illustrated design Alexander! Congrats on making the top 10 this week :)

Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Amy and Raven!

Posted over 4 years ago.

ravenous

ravenous says: Congratulations! Had a good feeling this was gonna do well :)

Posted over 4 years ago.

pennycandy

pennycandy says: Congrats on placing in the Top Ten, Alexander!

Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: The contest photo, taken by the Spoonflower staff!

siya uploaded a fabric image for siya's design Yosano Toile - Red :

Rryosano_toile_-_red_2_comment_147642_thumb

Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, everyone! I'm absolutely thrilled! :)

Posted over 4 years ago.

babysis...

babysisterrae says: Congrats on top ten Alexander!! Beautiful, beautiful work!

Posted over 4 years ago.

inscrib...

inscribed_here says: Congrats on top ten, Siya!

Posted over 4 years ago.

amel24

amel24 says: Congratulations Siya!!

Posted over 4 years ago.

chickot...

chickoteria says: Your fabric looks Brilliant...Congratulations!!!

Posted over 4 years ago.

pattysl...

pattysloniger says: so gorgeous siya, congratulations! :)

Posted over 4 years ago.

scrummy

scrummy says: Congratulations Siya!! :D xxx

Posted over 4 years ago.

theboerwar

theboerwar says: Congrats!!!

Posted over 4 years ago.

vo_aka_...

vo_aka_virginiao says: Yay Siya! Congrats on top 10! Woot!

Posted over 4 years ago.

spellstone

spellstone says: Yay! congrats on the top ten!!

Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Grace and Isabella!

Posted over 4 years ago.

inscrib...

inscribed_here says: Very nicely researched and beautifully illustrated. Great work!

Posted over 4 years ago.

gracede...

gracedesign says: what a beautiful toile! i enjoyed reading your description!

Posted over 4 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Carina!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

catru

catru says: so wonderful!!!! :) :)

Posted almost 5 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Shelley and Amy!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

shelley...

shelleymade says: Really beautiful!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

pennycandy

pennycandy says: Great, detailed illustrations! Loved reading the history, too!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Drea and Rhonda!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

ttoz

ttoz says: Wow, this is awesome, Siya! Love the color you used also!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: These beautifully illustrated symbolic images tell a fascinating picture story! Your wonderful description adds depth to the meaning and significance of all the elements in the design!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thank you, Kelly and Maria!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

weaving...

weavingmajor says: excellent. beautiful drawings and repeat - I love how the sunflowers lead you through the toile. And the red seems perfect.

Posted almost 5 years ago.

mariao

mariao says: very great drawings and the explaination is very helpfull!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Amy!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

amel24

amel24 says: Love this!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Angela!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

mag-o

mag-o says: Beautiful!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Victoria!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: Really lovely. I agree the red is an excellent choice.

Posted almost 5 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Samarra and Vo!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

vo_aka_...

vo_aka_virginiao says: Totally gorgeous! Great job!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

sammyk

sammyk says: Lovely, lovely, Alex! The red is perfect too!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Rebecca and Sharon!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

scrummy

scrummy says: so beautifully illustrated! gorgeous xxx

Posted almost 5 years ago.

muddyfoot

muddyfoot says: A Wonderful Toile! I love all the symbolism.

Posted almost 5 years ago.

siya

siya says: Thanks, Cean and Alex!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

ceanirm...

ceanirminger says: Wow, Alexander! This is gorgeous and I love reading about the history. Brilliant job!

Posted almost 5 years ago.

spellstone

spellstone says: Beautiful work!

Posted almost 5 years ago.