An introduction to the icons found on kimono fabrics.

The design motifs that are woven, hand painted or embroidered to produce the pattern on the kimono fabric are highly significant and can indicate age, wealth and social status of the person wearing the kimono.  It is also believed that symbols on the garment can bring good fortune.

Many fabric patterns feature scenes inspired by nature: flora, fauna and seasonal motifs are popular.

Others are traditional emblems or family crests that have been passed down through generations.

A number of geometric and other repetitive patterns are also commonly used: these have been routed in Japanese history.

Highly regarded objects, such as fans, or drums, are also used on fabric designs.

Many of the most popular icons are explained below.