In Japanese iconography and design, the crane is one of a pantheon of mystical creatures, symbolizing fortune and longevity. They are also a beautiful design element, in print and embroidery, and have been adopted across cultures. Lounge rounds up a compendium of objects featuring cranes, the motifs du jour.
Kalamkari Tunic Set
Intricate hand-painted kalamkari on Bemberg silk with a graceful flying crane motif from Archana Jaju’s Revival collection.
Available on Archanajaju.com; ₹22,999
Taashi Tea Cup & Saucer
A jewelled crane, a symbol of joy and prosperity, soars across a moonlit garden filled with wild peony blossoms in this elegant tea cup and saucer detailed with 24-carat gold.
Available on Kainaatdesign.com; ₹1,995
Crane Slip-On Sneaker
Lilac slip-on sneaker embroidered with cranes and other Japanese motifs in a gold-toned thread from Johnny Was.
Available on Nordstrom.com; ₹18,418
Pink Crane Bird Embroidered Mini Dress
Cotton mini-dress in blush pink and ivory checks with whimsical and cartoonish crane motif embroidery.
Available on Azafashions.com; ₹12,000
Gold-plated palmcuff with a crane-wing design from Eurumme’s Terra collection.
Available on Eurumme.com; ₹3,200