Forbidden Forest captures South Asia's most imaginative mythological creatures in an eccentric set of luxury playing cards. From a horse-headed demon to rivaling monkeys, we have reinterpreted twelve fantastic animals to breathe new life into ancient tales.
The playing card symbol indicates the creature's habitat (♦️ the jungle, ♣️ sea, ♠️ grasslands, and ♥️ sky)- these environments are beautifully illustrated on each ace.
Each creature is a window into how our ancestors interpreted the world - representing their fears and uncertainties and captures their morals and hopes. We want to open questions and create opportunities to exchange stories across generations and cultures. This is our way of share a deeper aspect of our culture with you, focusing not on what divides us but what connects us all.
The Fuyu-no-Sensu (冬の扇子) Winter tuck is a completely custom tuck with a new printing plate created by EPCC for this project. It has a longer lip, a shallower finger grip for a unique design feature that compliments the custom numbered seal, and is thicker to accomodate the Japanese byobu folding screen insert.
The folding screen is expertly made by byobu artisans in Kyoto by hand. Such a product has never been made at this scale before and so the screen artists are developing a trial series. Made from thick quality stock and wrapped with the court prints on textured Japanese washi paper.
Two versions: Fuyu-no-Sensu (Winter’s Fan - 冬の扇子) and Haru-no-Sensu (Spring's Fan - 春の扇子)
Limited Edition print run of 1000 each/KS exclusive
Custom sealed and numbered
52 playing cards / 2 jokers
Premium classic playing cards stock with linen finish
Metallic ink on select areas of both card backs and fronts
Tuck box has a luxury foiled design on premium, heavy, textured paper stock
Additional luxury embossed and cut sleeve
Printed by the Expert Playing Card Company