Traditional patterns of tenugui (Hand Towels) No.3 Seigaiha

 seigaiha

Seigaiha  (wave crest pattern)

This pattern brings to us the thoughts of large waves of the wild ocean. The continuing gentle waves laid out in a regular pattern include one’s wish, “let this life forever rest in peace and happiness”. This wave crest pattern is traditionally named as “Kissho” pattern or “auspicious omens” pattern.

   This traditional pattern not only is used in washcloths, but we can frequently observe this same motif used in kimonos and for its belts, wrapping cloths (furoshiki), wrapping paper and ceramics. Historically speaking, this pattern first appeared during the Sasanian Empire Era (224 C.E ~ 651 C.E) and came into Japan through China. Basically, the colors are composed of white and blue, yet the use of diverse and gradation colors also exist in addition to a combination of a plover bird or a fish, as well as flower petals. Moreover, this particular pattern may completely change its style looking “pop” or “chic” depending on the type of lines and colors being used. It is exciting to observe this pattern in rather unexpected areas like in a pair of sneakers, iPhone cases and for nail designs.

 

青海波(せいがいは)

大海原の波をパターン化したもの。穏やかな波が規則的に連なっていることから、「平穏で幸せな暮らしがいつまでも続くように」という願いが込められた吉祥文様です。

 手ぬぐい以外にも、着物や帯、風呂敷、包み紙、陶器など、日本ではとにかくよく使われている伝統文様です。もとはササン朝ペルシア(226~651年)生まれで、日本には中国を経由して入ってきました。色は青と白の組合せが一般的ですが、多色使いやグラデーションなどもあり、千鳥や魚、桜の花びらなどと組み合わせたりもします。線のニュアンスと色味でポップにもシックにもなる文様で、スニーカーやiPhoneカバー、ネイルなど意外なところで使われているのを見るのは楽しいものです。

 


2014-03-11 | Posted in TENUGUIComments Closed 

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