(by Shuta TAKAGI)
Make Japanese traditional patterns using ShibaInu!
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Make Japanese traditional patterns using ShibaInu!

Did you know that we have traditional, and historical, geometric patterns in Japan? Collectively, they are called “Wamonyo(和文様)”. “wa(和)” means Japanese and “monyo(文様)” means patterns. Every one of them is made up of beautiful geometric rules and has been giving inspirations to designers in any day and age. Also, the patterns each have an unique name which describes the feature of the pattern very well.

This project “ShibaInu” turns those geometric algorithms of Wamonyo into Grasshopper components and release them sequentially. We named the project after one of the popular Japan’s native breed dogs worldwide. Like how ShibaInu is, we hope this project would be loved around the world, too. We have only got limited numbers of patterns at the first release, but we are planning for continuing updates.

-Make your own colored patterns (on a plane surface)
 Connect the output to mesh color, for example, to color the patterns however you like.
-Create cut paths for laser cutting
 Extract the outline of patterns from the output and offset them to easily make the cut paths for laser cutting.

Fun facts:
Here are some fun facts about the Wamonyo.

麻の葉:Asanoha patterns
-Asanoha patterns represents hemp leaves. Since hemps are strong and fast to grow, Asanoha patterns are often used for baby or child’s clothes wishing for them to grow healthy.

網代:Ajiro patterns
-Ajiro patterns represents fish traps, and so they are used in the hope of bringing big catch. “網:a” means fishing net and “代:jiro” means substitute, so “網代:ajiro” means “a substitute for fishing net” which implies fish traps.

網目:Amime patterns
-Amime patterns represents fishing nets, and they are also used in the hope of bringing big catch. Since you can catch many fish at once by using the fishing net, many shoguns chose this pattern as their crest wishing to achieve victory in one fell swoop.

市松:Ichimatsu patterns
-Ichimatsu patterns represents cobblestones. It was named “Ichimatsu” after the Kabuki actor, SANOGAWA Ichimatsu, who often wore a stage costume with the pattern. As the pattern continues without getting cut off, people use it wishing for continued fertility in their family and a business to expand. Ichimatsu patterns are used in Tokyo 2020 logo, too.

鱗:Uroko patterns
-Uroko patterns represents snake scales. From how snakes shed their old skin and be born again, it contains a wish for warding off bad luck and regeneration.

籠目:Kagome patterns
-Kagome patterns represents baskets. As the pattern consists of hexagrams, it is used in the hope of warding off evil spirits.

七宝:Shippou patterns
-Shippou patterns represents seven treasures of Buddhism. Since this pattern is made of series of circles, it is considered symbols of creating connection between people. Also, it is implying that personal relationships have the same value as the seven treasures of Buddhism.

青海波:Seigaiha patterns
-Seigai patterns represents waves. Like how gentle waves go on forever, it contains a wish for peace and eternity.

立涌:Tatewaku patterns
-Tatewaku patterns represents steam. From how steam rises, people use it in the hope of raising a fortune.

矢絣:Yagasuri patterns
-Yagasuri patterns represents arrows. Since an arrow will not come back after shooting it, people used to have their bride take Kimono with Yagasuri patterns so that she will not get a divorce and return home.

ShibaInu Changelog:
May 23, 2021 - ShibaInu V1.00
-First release. We have 10 patterns available.

Director - TAKAGI Shuta
Programmer - ISHIBASHI Yuta, TAGAWA Naoki, HAYAKAWA Haruna
Designer - TAKEUCHI Runa