Traditional patterns of tenugui (Hand Towels) No.3 Seigaiha
Seigaiha (wave crest pattern)
This pattern brings to us the thoughts of large waves of the wild ocean. The continuing gentle waves laid out in a regular pattern include one’s wish, “let this life forever rest in peace and happiness”. This wave crest pattern is traditionally named as “Kissho” pattern or “auspicious omens” pattern.
This traditional pattern not only is used in washcloths, but we can frequently observe this same motif used in kimonos and for its belts, wrapping cloths (furoshiki), wrapping paper and ceramics. Historically speaking, this pattern first appeared during the Sasanian Empire Era (224 C.E ~ 651 C.E) and came into Japan through China. Basically, the colors are composed of white and blue, yet the use of diverse and gradation colors also exist in addition to a combination of a plover bird or a fish, as well as flower petals. Moreover, this particular pattern may completely change its style looking “pop” or “chic” depending on the type of lines and colors being used. It is exciting to observe this pattern in rather unexpected areas like in a pair of sneakers, iPhone cases and for nail designs.