Kiyohime, a centuries-old, Japanese folktale spun of unrequited love and tragedy, served as the catalyst for our newest trio of geometric patterns. Classically inspired shapes are rendered in earthen and watery hues, giving a soft, almost aqueous quality to their structured formations.

Uroko, the triangular design above, translates to ‘scale’, like that of a fish or snake. In the original depictions of this tale, Kiyohime, a lovelorn woman entranced by a traveling monk, is often shown in a kimono donning this pattern. The meaning of her garb is revealed when her unrequited admiration turns to anger — an emotion so powerful that she is consumed by it, transforming into a monstrous and unstoppable dragon.

The river Hidaka stands as a barrier between her love and rage. Our design below, named after the river itself, is graphic interpretation of its symbolism: its soft lines gather as waves rising and breaking, only overpowered and split by the serpentine cut that runs through its structured geometry — our nod to the dragon she becomes. Its traditional patterning is adapted from an antique kimono stencil.

And finally we have Kesa below, which represents the vestment worn by the traveling monk, Anchin — the object of Kiyohime’s affections. Our design references the most undecorated sort of garb: a composition of rectangular geometry as a subtle gesture to the patchwork assembly which often makes up a traditional kesa’s construction.

Of course, our patterns only convey a fragment of this ancient myth…

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