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February 08, 2009

Embroidered Japanese crest: 3 Ginkgo leaves

Individual machine embroidery design: three Ginkgo leaves Japanese crest embroidery.
This embroidery design (with enlargement) is shown here.

In Japan family crests with a Ginkgo-leaf design have been used since the Middle Ages.
The leaves are used in more than 100 patterns, classified by the number of leaves (1 to 16) and also by the arrangement of the leaves. Many make a circle or are encircled, some in a square shape, diamond, pentagon, hexagon, etc. Some are combined with other plants or are shaped like a butterfly or crane.
Read more about family crests on my homepage: Art.

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