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.
Demon in Hell
Originally this pattern was used for the back of a wing of men’s Kimono in early Showa era. A powerful pattern, a brave pattern were used for men’s kimono. When taking off kimono, you can see the design of pattern. Normally this design is not shown.
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.
Peony and Chrysanthemum
Peony is named the King of Flowers for its gorgeous beauty, and is seen as a auspicious sign of rich and prosperity. Chrysanthemum represents Autumn in Japan, and is also a symbol of longevity. There have been tales of people turning immortal after taking the magic essence of chrysanthemum in ancient Chinese folklores.
Ikyu no Ryu (Kabuki Dragon)
In one of the eighteen best plays of the Ichikawa family of kabuki actors. The popular actors such as Matsumoto Kōshirō, Ichikawa Ebizō and Iwai Hanshirō, whose names have been passed down until today, played the roles in this play.
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.