According to an old Chinese legend the phoenix will appear only when the world is in a peaceful and joyous state. Due to its magnificent and graceful shape the phoenix has been a beloved motif in Japan since the Asuka era (6th c. – 8th c.). From the traditional KAJI KINRAN phoenix design we have chosen the part of the wing and tail feathers and created a pattern of expanding plumage. Using as a model the gorgeous and delicate depiction in the bird paintings by mid Edo era (17th c. – 19th c.) artist Jakuchu Ito, we have woven each feather in vivid detail. The gold and silver threads convey the image of feathers glistening with dew in the moonlight or morning sun.