Thursday, April 8, 2010

Common Motifs: Dragonfly

In late summer, you can see beautiful (and at times quite large o_O) dragonflies in Japan, giving us our textile motif for the day: tonbo 蜻蛉 or トンボ, "dragonfly".

Naturally a late summer, early autumn theme, you can find tonbo motifs on a variety of items. Below are a bolt of kimono fabric, a haori jacket, yukata fabric, and a detail shot of a furisode.

Images copyright Ichiroya and used with permission.

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