The Ichimatsu(checkerboard) pattern is already seen in the clothing of clay figure of the kofun period in the ancient times,the textile fabric of Horyuji temple and Shosoin. In ancient times, it is said that it was called “cobblestone” “hail” among the nobleman, not the name “Ichimatsu (checker)” yet. In the Edo period, Kabuki actor Ichimatsu Sanokawa became popular because he wearing a patterned hakama with alternating white and navy squares and became popular as a pattern of kimono. This pattern which had been called “cobblestone” until then was also called “Ichimatsu(checker pattern)”, “checkered lattice”, “grooming pattern”, and so on.
The checkerboard pattern is also adopted as the official symbol of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, and it seems that attention is gaining attention now.
I expressed such a traditional pattern as a perfect design for everyday use.
White and navy are the traditional colors, but we have a contemporary style with navy blue and silver color scheme. It is a pin that can enjoy the beautiful color of platinum.
Regardless of gender, designed to suit even child,this is our vaunted works.
Maki-e is a japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration using amakizutsu or a kebo brush. The technique was developed mainly in the Heian Period(794-1185) and blossomed in the Edo Period(1603-1868). Maki-e objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles, they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as an indication of power.
Maki-e started to appear more often amongst the military elite when “the great unifier” Toyotomi Hideyoshi took a liking to it. On top of that Maki-e based products gained huge success as exported goods to Europe. As a result, even to this day the word “JAPAN”, not only means country of Japan, but also Lacquer products. The peak of Maki-e was in the Edo Period. It was used to decorate most items for a more luxurious look such as bridal wear, furniture and jewel boxes. Thanks to the boom of Maki-e – artisans began creating new designs and styles we can see today, thus marking the climax of Maki-e.