Kamon Construction

Several people have asked me how kamon were designed and drawn in the past. Well the answer is with ink, rulers, compasses and a bit of free hand drawing. Since most kamon are based on circles and symmetries, the ability to divide a circle in 2, 3, 4, 5 or more equal parts is very important.

To give a quick idea of kamon geometrical complexity, I attached with this post some pages from a 19th century Bukan (mon encyclopedia) that give some insight in the way mon were created.

Translating the text would be too difficult, but illustrations are worth a 1000 words, so I hope it will help.

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4 Comments

  1. This is awesome history. First time I’ve seen it.

    Thank you very much!
    -Mike

  2. Please email me the full name of the book where your scans came from. Even though it is in Japanese, please send me the Romaji translation of the title.

    1. Author

      Hi
      The kamon on this site (with a very few exceptions) don’t come from books/scans.
      They are from my personal vector files collection.

      if you search for the word 家紋 on Amazon.com, you will find several books.

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