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 Post subject: Tsuka Ito Color
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:44 pm 
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Hello all,

I'm planning to wrap (ok - I'll try to wrap) a tsuka for a 16th century katana blade.
Most probably I'll use a set of Kaga Goto (?) Fuchi & Kashira showing a scene of the Gempei war (black nanako gound with golden cavalrymen). Menuki might be little samurai warriors.
Which ito color would be appropriate? Or which color should I avoid - if there is any rule in this field?
For my taste, black it too common - maybe ivory could look elegant...
...but I'm still in the finding process...

Any background information regarding ito color fashion over the ages is welcome!

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Andi

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 Post subject: Re: Tsuka Ito Color
 Post Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:44 am 
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Andi -
Pink is right out! Beyond that it has to match the saya, your taste and the atmosphere you wish to create. There is a world of choices there. I like ivory, white as well - clearly shows that it has been rewrapped, highlights your fittings and adds a bit of class. Unless you are going to handle this in any way, white becomes dirty very quickly. Known as the Daimyo's wrap, it was seen mostly on higher ranking personages.

Gold ito (golden color) could be nice if you wish to highlight the gold highlights in your fittings. Have you seen any koshirae/tsukamae that you like that you wish to emulate? Have you looked at the work of Takashi Iiyama? He is sometimes on this forum and I think most anyone would see his work as inspiring...

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