EAST ASIAN art & design

East Asia, roughly described as the landmass including China, Japan and Korea is a vast area.

There are many cultures not included in this general term. The three largest countries mentioned share large similarities and even larger distinctions in how their cultures are expressed through art.


design & symbolism


design, prints & patterns


design, TEXTILES &


Chinese symbols and motifs are more than decorative designs as they also hold symbolic but hidden meanings which have been used and understood by the Chinese people for thousand of years; they often influenced by nature, which … 

Over time the Japanese developed the ability to absorb, imitate, and finally assimilate those elements of foreign culture that complemented their aesthetic preferences. The earliest complex art in Japan was produced in the 7th and 8th c…

For thousands of yearsKorean people nearly exclusively wore plain white and undecorated hanbok. Color and ornamentation was only worn if required for a uniform, to display social status, or during special occasions. This led to the …

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