Mon - Japanese crests - Wall Art

A collection of products inspired by Kamon, Japanese family crests. Similar to the coats of arms in European heraldic tradition, Japanese Mon are emblems that may identify an individual, a family (Kamon in this case), or even an institution or business. Initially representing only aristocratic families of the Heian period (994-1185), Mon were gradually adopted by the general public during the Edo era (1603-1868). At that time there existed no mass-production method of printing patterns, a lady used to order a dyer to get her cloth dyed according to her personal taste. The dyer usually had a Monchou or a collection of samples of more common Mon and Mon-you [cloth pattern for kimono], to accept orders from the customers (Katachi and Simmetry, 1996). During the Japonism in Europe at the end of the 1800s Kamon were highly evaluated as one of the Japanese fine arts and crafts. It is said that nowadays there are more than 20,000 Kamon. Also the famous Mitsubishi logo was originally a family crest.

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