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Fuutai / Decorative Fabric Strip
The fuutai is an ornament that hangs from the hassou (hanging rod) of a kakejiku (hanging scroll). When decorative fabric strips are made of the same fabric as the ichimonji, they are called ichimonji fuutai; when decorative fabric strips are made of the same material as the chuumawashi, they are called chuufuutai. The latter is considered one rank lower than ichimonji fuutai.
In China in the old days, there was a custom of appreciating a hanging scroll outdoors, and it is said that decorative fabric strips swaying in the wind would prevent swallows from coming near and soiling the hanging scroll.
Traditionally, decorative fabric strips are meant to hang, and they called tare-fuutai or sage-fuutai; when decorative fabric strips are made to appear as an integral part of the top of a hanging scroll, they are called hari-fuutai and are often used in rinpo mounting.