Japanese 'Wa' Patterns Give Clothes a Nationalistic Feel

 - May 26, 2009   Updated: Apr 1 2011
References: japanese-style.net & web-japan.org
Japanese designers have started to incorporate wa patterns to give their clothing an ethnic feel. This fashion innovation mixes old, traditional motifs with modern products to create a unique look.

Japanese wa include patterns such as Kyo yuzen or indigo dyeing, ho-chiku-bai or pine, bamboo and apricot motifs; and tsuru-kame, or crane and tortoise.

Implications - It has recently been predicted that within the next decade, there will be one master race of intertwined ethnicities, which grows more and more feasible with every passing day. The visible minorities of North America are no longer so, with multiculturalism serving a the norm in many regions. Companies and ad agencies must take this into consideration, and would be wise to adapt ethnicities for the mass population.