Did two lil’ sayagata’s today.
For the ones not familiar with sayagata, then here’s the description for you:
“Sayagata is a design pattern of interlocking swastikas, manji 万字 (卍).
Most sources agree that the term (a contraction of sa-ayagata, meaning “gossamer figured-cloth pattern”) originated from the type of cloth on which it was most often found.
It occurs first perhaps in ancient Indian architecture, but did not enter Japan until the Tenshou 天正 era (1573-92) when Chinese fabrics bearing the pattern were first imported in large quality. In the Edo period, it was commonly used on figured satin and combined with designs that featured chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, bamboo, or orchids. It also appeared on the borders of rugs, blankets and tablecloths.
This tiled pattern can be found in many places across Tokyo and Japan, and is quite a common spot once you are actually looking out for it! It is a very common pattern on the white Kimono’s worn at wedding ceremonies, it is used as a decorative pattern for floor tiles, and I’ve also seen it as a pattern on drain covers. Going back in time a little, it was also a common symbol for Japanese Samurai to wear on their armour.”
“The Oldest Known Symbol
The swastika is an ancient symbol that has been used for over 3,000 years. (That even predates the ancient Egyptian symbol, the Ankh!) Artifacts such as pottery and coins from ancient Troy show that the swastika was a commonly used symbol as far back as 1000 BCE.
During the following thousand years, the image of the swastika was used by many cultures around the world, including in China, Japan, India, and southern Europe. By the Middle Ages, the swastika was a well known, if not commonly used, symbol but was called by many different names:
• China – wan
• England – fylfot
• Germany – Hakenkreuz
• Greece – tetraskelion and gammadion
• India – swastika
Though it is not known for exactly how long, Native Americans also have long used the symbol of the swastika.
The Original Meaning
The word “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit svastika – “su” meaning “good,” “asti” meaning “to be,” and “ka” as a suffix.
Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.
Even in the early twentieth century, the swastika was still a symbol with positive connotations. For instance, the swastika was a common decoration that often adorned cigarette cases, postcards, coins, and buildings. During World War I, the swastika could even be found on the shoulder patches of the American 45th Division and on the Finnish air force until after World War II.”
And here’s the Google image link for some other sayagata’s:
PS! I will try to find some more decent design for the blog in the nearest future.