This pattern of significance (meibutsu) is believed to have been the favorite of Hariya Soshun (16th century: years of birth/death unknown) , who was a student of Sen no Rikyu. The original of this pattern textile is used as a shifuku for “Hariya katatsuki” chaire, and chuko meibutsu “Bungo kuchihiro” chaire. The origin and the meaning of the Japanese reference to this pattern as “inago-de” is unknown, but this traditional pattern of triangles is also known as uroko, which means fish scale in Japanese. The uroko pattern has been used in Japan since the Kamakura period (1185-1333) because the pattern is believed to ward off evil. They are found in family crests, noh costumes and other crafts.
Kitamura Tokusai has been making silk cloths, or fukusa, for practitioners of tea since 1712. Their elegant textiles are among the finest woven silk fabrics available in Japan and are made by highly skilled weavers in Kyoto’s historic Nishijin area. Kitamura Tokusai’s inventory of fabrics features over 400 patterns of historical significance, many of which were expressly favored by the founders and most prominent devotees of Japan’s tea culture. The Kitamura family continues to warmly welcome tea and textile enthusiasts to their Nishijin shop by hanging a fukusa, a symbol of hospitality, in the entrance.