Tatewaku…a little more

Apparently there’s this tatewaku 「竪沸く」and this one 「立枠」which I “tested” and wrote about yesterday .  It revealed those wavy lined images seen on kimono, obi, woven and worked also in sashiko and shibori.

To explain a bit,  Neki (Neki desu) commented on tate this morning and then for curiosity  I went back to Mary Parker’s book and lo and behold there was tatewaku in a different set of kanji:  「竪沸く」- back to the dictionary.

This tate 「竪・たて」is (via Jim Breen):

(1) the vertical; height; (2) front-to-back; length; (3) north-to-south; (n,adj-no) (4) vertical (relationship); hierarchy; (n) (5) (See 経糸・たていと) (weaving) warp.

This waku・沸く・わく means “) to grow hot (of water, etc.); to boil” – think steam – vertical steam – rising steam, hence, that rising steam pattern.

So, to test it out, I input the kanji on Google search and went for the images – they were mostly practical images having literally to do with building, engineering…that kind of thing, but there were a few with that ‘rising steam’ pattern.

With this 「立枠」kanji I had more textile related results.  Who can say?  It’s an ancient language and languages are always changing and then again, there are so many different contexts.

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4 Responses to “Tatewaku…a little more”

  1. neki desu Says:

    the wonder of kanjis!

  2. shiborigirl Says:

    both these posts are great and have me wondering. kanji is a marvel. i saw these a couple of days ago and made note to come back. i also wanted to share them with Eve. i think i introduced her to you on FB some time ago….Joy of Kanji…?

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