Meibutsu Gire Patterns

Araiso (Ariso)

This pattern has a design of carp dancing among the waves. The carp fish have been considered lucky since ancient times. In mythology, a carp travels up the river to the dragon's gate and is reborn as an enormous dragon. This design is often used in boys' kimonos.

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Arisugawa Nishiki (Arisugawa Brocade)

Arisugawa no Miya, a noble family that existed from the early Edo period (1603–1867) to the Taisho period (1912–1926), is the origin of the name Arisugawa Nishiki. The word "Nishiki" (two colors) comes from weaving patterns using two or more different colored threads, with the mark of a deer being particularly famous.

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