The Asanoha pattern is based on regular hexagons, the pattern is a geometric motif which resembles a hemp leaf. The beautiful traditional design is used not only in architecture but also in fashion and graphic design. It's also one of the most popular traditional patterns often seen on Japanese kimono.
Asanoha means: Asa = hemp: no = of: ha = leaf. The regular geometric pattern, though abstract, represents overlapping hemp leaves.
Since ancient times the Asanoha motif has been used in holy rituals. The triangle denotes protection against evil, and Asanoha, an aggregate of triangles, conveys a meaning of strength and beauty.
In ancient Japan, the Asanoha pattern was used for making clothing, fibers, and paper, made from hemp, ramie, linden, elm, wisteria or mulberry. It was often used for baby clothing as it is believed to bestow health and long life.
The Asanoha pattern is currently one of the most popular traditional designs as it can be used for a variety of purposes.