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Japanese Patterns

Traditional Japanese pattern designsCreated by: PICRYLDated: 1870
Ha Bun Shu by Mori Yuzan; 1919; Yamda Geishu Do.
Among the most popular and prominent Japanese motifs are bamboo, pine, cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, maple leaves, peony, camellia, crane, and chidori (plover).

Japanese patterns have a hidden meaning. When found on the kimono and other Japanese clothing, they are called wagara. Wagara is a traditional Japanese pattern design that dates back to the 8th century Heian period of Japan. These traditional and historic designs each have a very specific meaning and are often associated with a specific season or occasion. Many of these patterns are inspired by nature.

The Seigaiha (Sayagata) pattern is surely one of the most famous in Japan. It represents waves formed by concentric circles creating small arcs, interlocking manji - ancient Buddhist symbols. Seigaiha literally means 'blue sea and waves. It was used to illustrate seas and oceans on maps. Seigaiha is a symbol of water representing surges of good luck.
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Stencil with Pattern of Waves

Stencil with Pattern of Waves

Edo period (1615–1868)

[Ito nishiki (yarn brocade)]

[Ito nishiki (yarn brocade)]

Print shows stylized designs, possibly of rabbits, for kimonos. Title and date devised by Library staff, no information provided by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Forms part of: Japan... More

[Donsu, damask with light green peony arabesque]

[Donsu, damask with light green peony arabesque]

Drawing shows peony arabesque design for kimonos. Title and date devised by Library staff, no information provided by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Forms part of: David Murray collec... More

[Kara nishiki (Chinese brocade) with red background] [Kinran (gold brocade) with hollyhock on blue background].

[Kara nishiki (Chinese brocade) with red background] [Kinran (gold bro...

Drawings show stylized floral designs for kimonos. Title and date devised by Library staff, no information provided by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Forms part of: Japanese prints an... More

[Momoiro shusu (pink satin)] [Shima shusu (striped satin)].

[Momoiro shusu (pink satin)] [Shima shusu (striped satin)].

Drawings show solid and striped designs for kimonos. Title and date devised by Library staff, no information provided by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Forms part of: David Murray col... More

[Ra (Usumono) gauze weave]

[Ra (Usumono) gauze weave]

Design drawings for kimonos on fabric. Title and date devised by Library staff, no information provided by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Forms part of: Japanese prints and drawings (... More

[Ito nishiki brocade, commonly called anhera-ori (weave)]

[Ito nishiki brocade, commonly called anhera-ori (weave)]

Drawing shows floral and vine designs for kimonos. Title and date devised by Library staff, no information provided by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Forms part of: David Murray colle... More

[Nishike brocade with paulownia arabesque, with red background]

[Nishike brocade with paulownia arabesque, with red background]

Drawing shows bright floral, leaf, and vine designs for kimonos. Title and date devised by Library staff, no information provided by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Forms part of: Davi... More

[Nishiki brocade with cherry blossoms and wave designs on red background]

[Nishiki brocade with cherry blossoms and wave designs on red backgrou...

Drawing shows stylized flower (cherry blossom) designs for kimonos. Title and date devised by Library staff, no information provided by Nichibunken-sponsored Edo print specialists in 2005-2006. Forms part of: J... More

Book of Kosode Patterns (Hiinagata Ise no umi)

Book of Kosode Patterns (Hiinagata Ise no umi)

Enoki Hironobu (Japanese, active mid- 18th century) Edo period (1615–1868)

Stencil with Pattern of Maple Leaves on Water

Stencil with Pattern of Maple Leaves on Water

The pattern of maple leaves floating in water evokes the Tatsuta River often featured in poetry, its waters brightened with scarlet leaves.

[Pattern designs for cotton summer kimonos]

[Pattern designs for cotton summer kimonos]

Ukiyo-e print illustration shows six different textile design patterns based on the Rinpa style of Ogata Kōrin. Page in: Kōrin hyakuzu. Kyōto : Hosokawa Kaiekidō, [not before 1815]. Title devised by Library sta... More

[Textile design with flower motif]

[Textile design with flower motif]

Title devised by Library staff. Inscribed in pencil in lower left corner: Aya[?] of Ancient & mid. [?]. No. 1. Accompanying text in ink appears along right side of the image. Lacks inscription in pencil on lowe... More

Chris Lebeau - Catalogusomslag 'EMIT eerste moderne internationale tentoonstelling'

Chris Lebeau - Catalogusomslag 'EMIT eerste moderne internationale ten...

Links de titel van de catalogus en aan beide zijden verticaal 'Scheveningen'. Rechts een naakte schilder met in zijn linkerhand een palet en in zijn rechterhand kwasten. Hij staat op de letters EMIT.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book

The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.

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