Friday, June 10, 2011

Vintage Patterns of Japan.

Vintage Patterns of Japan. PIE Books, 2011. 192pp., colour illustrations throughout, 21×14,8cm.

Some really wonderful prints and pattern design from 1910-1930s Japan (and to my Western eyes slightly unexpected in parts for being the 1910-30s, which feels really interesting).

Book description:

"This book is a collection of beautiful patterns from Taisho and early Showa era (1910s-1930s), when the life of women has dramatically changed.

Focusing on the items that appealed to Japanese girls at that time, such as illustrated envelopes of woodblock printed flowers and plants, package of sweets and cosmetics influenced by art nouveau and art deco, these vintage patterns symbolize the culture of Japanese girls at that time, who longed for western culture.

Addition to the patterns used on the products, patterns from a pattern collection by popular designers at that time will be also included."

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