Ishidatami

Ishidatami has many different references in Japanese culture, taking the form of a simple checkerboard which is featured throughout Japanese design and textiles. It normally features the fashionable colours of the era and can be made using a variety of techniques, from Meisen like this one featured or a resist dye technique like Shibori.

Ishidatami has another meaning too.

Ishidatami or ‘paving stones’ were laid down on rough patches of road, particularly over the mountain passes which were steep at the top and prone to erosion in the rainy season. Stones were laid carefully so that porters and carriers would have sure footing when they most needed it. Other than this, no attempt was made to pave the highways. During the feudal era of Japanese history these stones were the only ways the peasant or non-Samurai class were able to create roads and ways to transport goods and livestock.