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Double kasuri

Many examples of Japanese kasuri feature two designs, which may be shown right side up, upside down and in reverse, giving the appearance of additional design elements while reusing the same one. When the alphabet appears in western textiles, the designer typically chooses at least the first three letters, probably because westerners think in terms of their ABCs. The Japanese designer’s intention was to create a novel textile and to work within the standard of two design elements. The western eye looks for additional letters; to the Japanese eye, the design is complete.

While the two As appear rightside up and upside down, the horizontal lines in the same two boxes do not change at all.

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