Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Trend watch: Modern kamon designs

Japanese patterns and designs are everywhere these days. From my chrysanthemum earrings to this necklace, Japanese-inspired botanical patterns are hot. Let's investigate this trend a bit.

Turns out that many of these designs are derived from Japanese Kamon images. Kamon are family emblems that originated as early as the 6th century (Asuka Period). The designs are most commonly designed with abstract plant or bird motifs. Click here to view a sampling of some of the most popular images or here to read more about the history of Kamon.

If you want to add some traditional kamon images to your wardrobe, try this hawaiian ring, this scarf or order custom printed Kamon goods from cafepress.

1 comment:

Colette Aoki said...

Aloha, visit our website at for some further history of the Japanese kamon design. Our company has been making these designs into jewelry items for several years. I think the designs are very elegant.