matsuba, pine needles, pine needles
This pattern may be very familiar to you if you grew up surrounded by trees. While many patterns are abstractions of real things, this “matsuba” pattern is very close to the real thing.
Colorful pine needles arranged in a tortoise shell pattern on a beige background.
Like many Japanese patterns, pine needles signify luck, as the firm connection of the needles, even after falling, evokes feelings of marital bliss and married couples staying together.
With this meaning in mind, a pine needle kimono will usually be worn by someone who is married or could be used as a gift between a married couple.
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