Tuesday, October 4, 2011


This pattern shows lines even closer together than the mansuji ones. Strictly speaking, they're supposed to be one thread thick. Also, this pattern presents horizontal lines that intertwine with the vertical ones.

The name hakeme (刷毛目) means "traces of a brush" thus indicating that the lines are as thin as the traces of a bristle brush.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Lines even closer together: two threads for one color, and another two threads for the other. Its name, mansuji (万筋), means "ten thousand lines".


In this pattern the lines are closer together, usually weawing two threads for the stripes and four for the background color. Its name is sensuji (千筋), meaning "a thousand lines".


This pattern, consisting in the repetition of a single line, is called "daimyo stripes" or daimyō-jima (大名縞) in Japanese. The most usual form of this pattern is woven with two colored threads per stripe and six threads for the background.

Saturday, July 30, 2011


This pattern is called "three vertical lines" or misuji-date (三筋立). It's made up of three lines repeating at a constant distance.

Monday, June 27, 2011


The next six patterns only differ in the number of lines that compose them. This first one, called kintsū-jima (金通縞), is made up of two lines or thin stripes, repeating at a set space.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


This pattern receives its name, katsuo-jima (鰹縞), from a fish called katsuo (skipjack tuna). The side of this fish's body changes its color from darker stripes to lighter ones.