Forma, Vol. 30 (No. 1), pp. 1933, 2015

Art Column

Loop Patterns in Japan and Asia

Shojiro Nagata

InterVision Institute, Hannya-an, Katase-5-4-24, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 251-0032, Japan
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(Received October 24, 2014; Accepted April 14, 2015)

Abstract. This art column is introducing Loop patterns applied to traditional and contemporary designs and objects in Japan and Asia. Loop patterns sometimes feature in Knot-Link patterns. The originally eternity, rebirth and dynamics of a loop pattern attracts human mind and then becomes happy-lucky symbol in religious worlds. Recently mysteriousness of loop or knot patterns are understood and are played with the sprit of the patterns by some challengers. The applications of the loop patterns are not only decorations or ornaments for clothing or constructions, but also brain training or stretching tools for education and welfare. At the last, it is mentioned that this loop pattern is very useful topic for understanding and exchanging the world-wide cultures between the different countries.

Keywords: Traditional Designs, Contemporary Applications, Loop Pattern, Kolam

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