This is a batik piece that describes the earth surrounded by the 4 elements-earth, water, air and fire represented here by alternating symbols and japanese characters in boxes on the backs of red birds. Because the ends of a furoshiki come together, the direction of flight of the birds comes around and back together when it is tied. this represents a symbolic oneness of creation. On closer inspection, the kanji characters for life are in the center of the earth. Its almost invisible nature reflects how unaware humanity is of what life as it exists really is.