By KIRIKO MADE
The Yoshiwara chain pattern was first seen in Yoshiwara in Edo era Tokyo. The pattern is still popular for Happi festival jackets, and Yukata at hotels. The chains may represent the strong connections between a community.
The traditional Shima pattern was imported from an island outside of Japan. It came to be known as Shima, which means "stripe." It is said that this pattern was often worn by upper-class aristocrats.
The chain-link shima pattern is known as Yoshiwara Shima, referring to the town where the pattern came from. Yoshiwara Shima symbolizes how the town draws you in and hold you, like chains. It has also been described to be the chains linking a community together.
The pocket square fabric is sourced and imported from Japanese heritage manufacturers. Each pocket square is stitched folded, pressed and package in Portland, Oregon.