The phoenix represents fire, the sun, justice, obedience, and fidelity. It is one of the four celestial guardians of the
four directions (south).
The closeups above and below better show the raised woven background and foreground.
Often used to symbolize the soul in Japan, butterflies also represent spring and transformation.
This and following photographs are of the flower rondels on the upper border (upper when worn). Here we
see wisteria, a late spring flower that symbolizes affection, youth and outdoor life.
Irises, a summer flower, symbolize strength, vitality, boldness, power and eloquence.
Plum blossoms bloom in late winter and symbolize purity of character, hope, long life, good fortune and elegance.
Bellflower, one of the seven autumn grasses.
Maple, symbolizing late autumn.