[pattern]

CAUGHT-SEA
(Koushi)

Shimamon (stripes) and Koshimon (grid) were familiar patterns to the common people in the Edo period. The pattern also integrates an image of wooden frames with these motifs. Combining indigo, a traditional color with chic and nuance that reflects the tastes and aesthetics of Edo townspeople, this design expresses the Japanese way of life and identity.

The Shimamon and Koshimon are patterns that are made by crossing vertical and horizontal strings at right angles. The simple linear and geometrical patterns were used during the Edo period in striped cotton fabrics made into common daily wear. Today, you can still find this familiar pattern in various products, including cloth products and earthenware.

江戸時代、庶民になじみの深い文様だった縞文〈しまもん〉、格子文〈こうしもん〉をモチーフに、組み木のイメージを加えてデザイン。江戸町人たちの生きざまや美意識を反映した、粋でニュアンスのある伝統色の藍色〈あいいろ〉と合わせて、日本人の暮らしやアイデンティティを表現しています。

縞文や格子文は、縦糸と横糸を直線や垂直に交差させて構成する文様です。シンプルな線条文や幾何学文は、江戸時代に木綿の縞織物として庶民の日常着に用いられるようになり、今でも織物や陶器などさまざまな場所で見られるなじみのある文様です。