A grid pattern with different colors.The Edo-era kabuki actor, Ichimatsu Sanogawa, used this pattern in the hakama he wore in theatrical costumes, so checked patterns came to be called Ichimatsu patterns.
The Ichimatsu pattern was also seen on garments on haniwa pottery of the Tumulus historical period, as well as woven goods from Horyuji and Soshoin. and existed as a weaving pattern since before ancient times. In usages by the Imperial Court, the pattern was customarily called ishidatami (stone paving) or arare (hail). For that reason, the patterns that existed before the Edo era was called ishidatami. The middle Edo period kabuki actor, Ichimatsu Sanogawa the First, wore a hakama with a differently-colored ishidatami pattern when he achieved popularity with his role playing the noble page Kumenosuke in “Konoyama Lovers’ Suicide.” Subsequently, ishidatami patterns became known as Ichimatsu patterns. After that, Ichimatsu Sanogawa switched to female roles, and became a top young actor in Edo playing women. With his good looks、he was often rendered in ukiyo-e paintings, and Ichimatsu patterns also became fashionable as a design for kimonos.
In English, this pattern is commonly called a “checker” pattern.
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Country of Manufacture Japan material 100% cotton 30 count yarn used weight Approx. 35g washing When washing use a mild detergent.