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Ichimatsu moyou


Ichimatsu moyou(Checkerboard pattern) is one of the interchangeable patterns, which is a traditional Japanese pattern in which two-color squares (or rectangles) are staggered.

The checkered pattern is a kind of check and is called a checker in English.


History of Ichimatsu moyou

Nowadays it is called "checkerboard pattern",

In ancient times, this pattern was called "stone pavement" because it was like paving stones arranged regularly, and it was often used for dyeing and weaving goods and family crests, and was popular as "stone pavement pattern".Today, the pattern before the Edo period is called “stone pavement pattern”.

It came to be called a checkered pattern because the popularity of the Kabuki actor “Ichimatsu Sanogawa” from the Edo period wore this “stone-clad” hakama and became popular as a kimono pattern. did. After that, it is called "Checkerboard pattern" after the name of "Sanogawa Ichimatsu" which became a popular fire.


Meaning of Ichimatsu moyou

The meaning contained in the checkered pattern represents "prosperity" from the image that the pattern is continuous and endless. It is a pattern of lucky items such as prosperity of descendants and business expansion.



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