Japanese cloud tattoo
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Hemp leaves are in a hexagonal shape, and that is the reason why this pattern is called as such. Reflecting hemp's fertile and durable nature, the motif has been often used for baby cloths in the hope that the child will stay healthy and grow big like hemp. The pattern has also been frequently used in women's belt ('帯' or Obi) and underwares ('長襦袢' or Nagajuban) during the Edo period.
This pattern called fretwork consists of a continuation of distorted and interlocking manji, or svastika symbols(卍). It is called 'fabric pattern', because the pattern reflects the texture of the fabrics called 'saya ('紗綾')', imported from China during the Ming Period. The pattern has been often portrayed on Kimono as well as on the back of Fusuma doors (=sliding doors) and Byobu (=folding screen).