Uroko is a pattern of interlocking light and dark equilateral triangles which represents scales. These scales can be interpreted to belong to a fish, snake, or dragon. When uroko is broken up by using varying sized negative space equilateral triangles it is known as 'parent and child' uroko.
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
Like most geometric motifs, uroko is all season. Other motifs may be superimposed upon uroko and it takes its season from them.
Uroko is a protective charm against misfortune similar to same komon. The toughness of the scales is supposed to protect against bad luck.
Detail of fukuro obi with parent-and-child uroko from the collection of Sarcasm-hime
Obijime with woven uroko
Motif in Literature & Other Usage In this case uroko is interpreted as the scales of a snake rather than the protective scales of a dragon.
Relevant Threads / Discussions
- Allen, Jeanne. Designer's Guide to Japanese Patterns. Kawade Shobo Shinsha Publishing. 1984. p.81.
- Naomi Graham Hormozi (Immortal Geisha)
Authors & Contributors
Author/s: tzippurah (IG Username)