Japanese Symbolism03 May 2020
Waves, or ‘Seigaiha,’ symbolise surges of good luck, power and resilience. Seigaiha Dot is a soft indigo cotton this a small geometric print while Waves is a large scale prints on a crisp textured cotton, for dressmaking and furnishing projects alike.
The Japanese Star depicts ‘Asanoha,’ one of the most tradition Japanese pattern. Asanoha represents hemp leaves which are fast growing and durable, therefore the pattern is commonly associated with children and the hope that they grow strong and healthy.
Japanese folklore state that the lion dogs ‘Shisa’ are wards that protects from evil. Commonly seen as gargoyles or statues that flank the entrance to a home, it is said that Shisa with their mouth open scare away the bad, while Shisa with their mouth closed keep in the good.
The interlocking circles pattern is called Seven Treasures. The geometric flow of the interlinking circles symbolises endless peace and happiness. The square pattern is called Hishi-sayagata and features the Buddhist Manji symbol which represents life and strength.
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