Our company name is Kamedatomi and was founded in the 8th year of the Taisho era (1919). For 100years we dyed kimono fabric in the centuries old Kyoto ‘yuzen’ tradition. We had a large catalog of original patterns and the stencils to create them. Though a small Kyoto company, our patterns were well known.
Waves and Vortex
This dynamic design of whirls and waves has been used on kimonos and handcrafts by the Japanese since long ago. They enjoy adding different surprises to it, for example a few flying cranes or symmetrical patterns. The design is composed of repeated concentric circles, which represent harmony. And their resemblance to bulls eye also made a symbol of achieving ones goal.
During Edo-period, raising Goldfishes became a fashionable hobby for the Japanese people. In Japan, images of the flamboyant beauty can be seen everywhere during summer, especially as a print pattern for Yukata.
Starting from the late Taisho period, the Japanese began to opt for a more modern and innovative design aspect. This pattern was one of the creations under the Art Nouveau movement in Japan, and was very popular among women of the newer generation.
Neko no Kabuki (Kuniyoshi Loves Cat) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi
We mixed two Ukiyoe prints which are Neko no Hyakumensou and Hayarineko no Tawamure into one pattern.
Each ukiyoe prints were drawn by Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Co-operated with GALLERY BENIYA.
Umetake ni Kikumagaki
Umetake ni Kikumagaki is a design used for Kabuki costume, and was worn by the character Yuugiri and her fellow courtesans in the famous play Kurowa Bunsho. Yuugiri was a Taiyu(title for the highest ranked courtesan) who actually exists. Her beauty and legends was the inspiration of many artworks and stories.