Ancient Seikaiha pattern, used in kimono dying for nearly a thousand years.   The pattern was originally used on ancient Chinese maps to signify the ocean, and turned up as a Japanese textile pattern on a Haniwa figure from the 4th century.

Ancient Seikaiha pattern, used in kimono dying for nearly a thousand years. The pattern was originally used on ancient Chinese maps to signify the ocean, and turned up as a Japanese textile pattern on a Haniwa figure from the 4th century.

Japanese pattern from Pattern Sourcebook: Japanese Style: 250 Patterns for Projects and Designs, by Shigeki Nakamura

Japanese pattern from Pattern Sourcebook: Japanese Style: 250 Patterns for Projects and Designs, by Shigeki Nakamura

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