|Motif Type||Fish, Sea Animal|
Kaigara 貝殻 (or Kaikaku; seashells) are a multi-seasonal motif, appearing on kimono from awase to ro/sha. Several variants of seashells are found as motifs, with common types including scallops, murex (from which purple dye can be derived), turbinids such as Guildfordia triumphans and wentletraps. )
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
Seashell motifs appear on items ranging from awase kimono to ro/open-weave items, and can be considered multi-seasonal unless paired with season-specific items.
Common Motif Pairings
- Nami (waves)
- Ningyou (mermaids)
- Miru (seaweed)
- Kaioke (shell boxes) are a related motif and represent a shell-matching game which originated in the Heian era; the shells from this game are usually depicted as clamshell halves with painted interiors depicting classical patterns and flowers, and kaioke are far more common as a motif.
shell motif on a nagoya obi
Motif in Literature & Other Usage
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