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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2 Comments

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

    Thank you very much!
    -Mike

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