A pair of mirror-image Kingyo.
Goldfish, or kingyo in Japanese, were first brought to Japan by Chinese traders in the 1500s. Kingyo were sold to the samurai and nobility as prized pets, and continue to be a symbol of wealth, fortune, and good luck.
In the Muromachi period in the 1500s, as a love for art and culture prospered, the goldfish found its way into Japanese art - particularly in a genre known as ukiyo-e, translated as "pictures of the floating world," a style of Japanese woodblock print and painting from the Edo period.
Kingyo are also available as individual left-facing or right-facing patches from our Standard collection.
Note: To celebrate our launch, a set of limited edition Kingyo in a vibrant colour version with shimmering gold thread is available for purchase here - available whilst stocks last!
I've been fascinated by goldfish since I was a child, when we had them at home. Goldfish are fragile, requiring much care and attention to thrive. I like to think of them as swimming flowers, with delicate tails and fins blossoming in the water.
This set includes one left-facing Kingyo and one right-facing Kingyo.
Dimensions: 113.4mm H x 153.2mm W
Total thread: 194.8m
Stitch count: 36699
Backing card size: A5