WAGARA - Japanese pattern -

Wagara (Japanese Patterns) is the pattern used for the Japanese traditional crafts, Japanese papers, Japanese traditional clothes (Kimono and Yukata). 

They are placed orderly in the geometric patterns abstractly representing natural phenomenon or the patterns of a motif of animals and plants.


Hemp Leaf (Asanoha) >
A hexagon-based geometric design, which is commonly used in the patterns for swaddling cloth because of the characters of strong and growing fast.

< Arrow Fletching (Yagasuri) >

The pattern of arrow feathers represents released arrows that never come back. Therefore, in the Edo period the pattern became popular among girls to wear when they get married.


< Japanese Check (Ichimatsu) >

It was originally called “paving stones” and changed to “Ichimatsu” afterward. The name of Ichimatsu came from a famous Kabuki actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu as he liked to use the pattern on his clothes at the Edo dynasty.


< Seven Treasures (Shippou/Shippo) >

The pattern of Shippou (Shippo) consists of many intersecting and everlasting circles. It shows seven treasures such as gold, silver, lapis lazuli, giant clams, coral and agate, which represents peace, harmony and luck.


< Blue Ocean / Blue Wave (Seigaiha) > 
The wave pattern represents everlasting happiness and a peaceful life.


< Woven Bamboo Basket (Kagome) >

A motif of a woven bamboo basket is used as a charm because of the shape of hexagram and actual woven baskets were used to be placed as a charm at the entrance of houses.


< Sankuzushi >

The pattern comes from the shape of a counting rod which was used for mathematics in old China and Japan. After that, the pattern changed to three lines, four lines or five lines and they are called “Sankuzushi”, “Yonkuzushi” and “Gokuzushi” respectively.


< Tortoiseshell (Kikkou/Kikko) >

The pattern comes from the shape of turtleback. Turtles represent long-life and fortune in Japan. The equilateral hexagon is popularly used for Japanese family emblems.


< Seed Stitch (Kanoko) >

It comes from the pattern of the back of fawns. The Kimono of Kanoko pattern is expensive as it requires lot of trouble to dye the fabric of this pattern. Kanoko also represents descendant prosperities.

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