Kuruma kikkō

Kuruma-kikkō pattern
Kuruma-kikkō pattern

Kuruma kikkō version 1
Kuruma kikkō version 2
Yae kuruma kikkō

Kuruma is Japanese for vehicle, or in this case, wheel, and when this pattern is cut accurately, it forms a nicely shaped wheel (kikkō simply means hexagonal (tortoiseshell) pattern). This is one of the many patterns for which there may be some dispute about the name. One of the tategu books I have published in the 1950s by the Japan Tategu Craft Institute shows a slightly different pattern for the kuruma kikkō (though with the same wheel or circle effect), but the one here has today become quite a common pattern, and is now regularly referred to as kuruma kikkō.

kuruma kikkō is quite often used as a background pattern.

Kuruma kikkō (Version 1) — Book 3

Kuruma kikkō (Version 2) — Book 3

Yae kuruma kikkō — Book 3

Kikyō and variations

Kikyō asa-no-ha
Yae kikyō asa-no-ha
Yae-kikyō pattern.
Kikyō kikkō
Kikyō tsuno kikkō
Yae-kikyō kikkō

Kikyō is the Japanese word for bellflower. In its simplest form, the kikyō pattern consists of a single triangle held with three locking pieces connecting the vertices of the jigumi to the external vertices of the central triangle piece.

Kikyō asa-no-ha — Book 3

• Yae kikyō asa-no-ha
— Book 3
The y
ae kikyō asa-no-ha, on the other hand, is a very complex and difficult pattern. Essentially, it's a kikyō with an additional intersecting triangle to form a hexagram (Star of David).

• Kikyō kikkō Book 3

• Kikyō tsuno kikkō
Book 3

• Yae kikyō kikkō Book 3