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Kimono Patterns

Animal Patterns

Animal patterns originating from auspicious Chinese designs such as dragons and phoenixes were adopted into Japanese culture during the Asuka and Nara periods. The following are some of the most beloved animal patterns often used on kimonos.

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Meibutsu Gire Patterns

In the world of the tea ceremony, utensils recognized as masterpieces by famous tea masters such as Sen no Rikyu are called "Meibutsu.” The cloth used to cover these tea utensils, such as shifuku and fukusas, is called meibutsu-gire, from which this pattern got its name.

The names of the patterns are unique, such as "gold brocade," "silver orchid," and " donsu," which are derived from the method used to weave the patterns, as well as the names of the tools and the people who owned the saki embroidered on the front.

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Nature Patterns

Since ancient times, the moon, stars, and clouds have inspired kimono patterns. Below are some of the most beautiful and representative designs.

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Object Patterns

Object patterns depict various tools, such as fans, musical instruments, and household utensilseach containing its own meaning. You can find these designs used in kimonos everywhere.

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Plant Patterns

Plant patterns, which were popular in ancient times, are also used in kimonos to express the beauty of Japan's four distinct seasons.

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Repeated Patterns

Known in Japanese as waritsuke, these patterns feature elegant yet straightforward designs repeated over the fabric. These beautiful patterns are used for kimonos, obi (sash), and other traditional fabric items. Below are some of the most common designs used for kimonos.

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Shosoin Patterns

Shosoin is a historical building that preserves the treasures that Empress Komyo presented to the Todaiji Temple during the Nara period (710–794) as a memorial to Emperor Shomu. The designs used in this period’s crafts and textiles are called Shosoin patterns. They are among the oldest and most prestigious Japanese classical patterns, giving the wearer a royal appearance.

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Yusoku Patterns

The geometrical yusoku patterns were used for elaborate clothing and interior decorations. They are characterized by the repetition of elegantly simple fixed designs.

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