The Yoshiwara Tsunagi is a three-dimensional pattern, which resembles squares strung together in a chain.
Those geometrical motifs are deeply connected with the old time Yoshiwara red light district of Edo in the early 17th (Present-day Tokyo) and said to impersonated the chains who keep courtesans far away from freedom. Yoshiwara infact is the name of a historic red-light district and it is said that this pattern was used as the shop curtain of a tea shop, where the owner introduced clients to the women.
The pattern symbolizes the hard time getting out of the red-light district, just like trying to get out of being chained.
On the other hand, this pattern also represents the connections in human relationship and is considered, to this day, a symbol of good luck
It may sound a sad story but “Yoshiwara tsunagi” is also deeply connected with Kabuki and artistic’s life as the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter frequently dictated is fashion and extravagant trends to the rest of Japan.
Malcusa reinterpreted this geometric patterntì that is now part of a collection entirely dedicated to Japan.