Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Common Motifs - Karako

An old series I haven't done in a while, Common Motifs is back!

Kara-ko, 唐子 "(Ancient) Chinese child" is one of those motifs people seem to love or hate. Some, like me, find the chubby little guys adorable while others don't care for their stylized look.

If you're one of those people who like them, karako are a pan-seasonal motif ok for any time of year, and can add a special "good luck" or "auspicious" feeling to your kimono outfit if you wear them to a happy event. :)

Below are examples from three Nagoya (casual-semiformal) obi, and one kurotomesode (most formal kimono for married women).






All images courtesy of Ichiroya and used with permission.

1 comment:

Kelly Maple said...

Cute! They're like the Japanese version of 'cherubs'. Done right, some of them are adorable. ^.^