Folding screen L "Haneda Kamon"
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It is said that kamon, or Japanese family crests, originated from the culture of the Japanese nobility during the Heian period (794-1185), when they decorated their furnishings, clothes, and oxcarts with them. During the Sengoku period (1477-1573), kamon were used in flags and armour to distinguish allies from enemies during battles. During the Edo period (1603-1867), kamon became extremely popular as common people began using them as their personal logos.
This folding screen was designed by Shoryu Hatoba, a monsho-uwaeshi or family crest artisan, and features iconic crests, old and new. Starting with the original kamon designed for the Haneda Airport, auspicious symbols such as cranes and turtles, magnificent peony, and uniquely Japanese patterns such as the delicate and extraordinary three hollyhock leaves of Tokugawa are all featured here. The folding screen stands on its own, so you can place it wherever you like. It can be used as a divider or as a decorative background for small objects. Available in three sizes, depending on the use.
Frame size: (L) Height 55 cm x width 70.5 cm x diameter 1.5 cm
Outer box size: (L) Height 58 cm x width 38 cm x diameter 5 cm
Kamon (family crests) have been passed down through the generations in Japan. Kyogen was founded at Kyobashi, Tokyo, in 1910 as a mon-nori-ya, a craftsperson's company that pastes the shape of a kamon onto a kimono. Later, Kyogen's second-generation owner became a monsho-uwaeshi, an artisan who draws delicate crests onto kimono using ink and brushes, and he passed down such techniques to future generations.
Kamon originated from the culture of the Japanese nobility. Later, when samurai became prominent, kamon became emblems on banners. After that, when times became peaceful, kamon started to be used for ceremonial purposes. Kamishimo costumes (ceremonial clothing worn by samurai) were born during the Muromachi period, and it was during this time that kamon were drawn directly onto costumes in ink. In the Edo period, commoners, who were not allowed to carry last names, cherished kamon as the sole way to identify themselves.
While preserving the traditional techniques of drawing kamon as monsho-uwaeshi, Shoryu Hatoba, the third-generation owner of Kyogen, fused the techniques of the Edo period that skilfully combines circles and lines with digital techniques to create a new kamon expression called "mon-mandala." Today, he is active in additional areas, ranging from commercial facility logos and fashion accessories, to the industry design sector including product packaging. Hatoba also produces works of art that overturn the conventional idea of art with his new talents in full bloom.
Hatoba says, "I want the tradition to be passed down in cool fashion." His free creativity and design captivates the hearts of people from Japan and abroad.