Harlequin pattern (diamond-shaped pattern)

Originally, Harlequin pattern is came from the patches on Arlecchino’s costume (patches symbolized his status as a servant). The patches later on became a pattern called as Motley. Motley refers to the traditional costume of the court jester or the harlequin character in commedia dell’arte. The diamond-shaped pattern was used for traditional Harlequinade costume in the colors palette of blue, green, and red diamonds.  



Today’s the diamond-shaped pattern which are also known as Harlequin pattern is not only used in 3 colors anymore (blue, green, and red diamonds), but it is used in a wide range of various colors. During the Art Deco period, the pattern was famous and being used often for decorative arts as well as the visual arts such as fashion, painting, etc. 




~ by hanathebanana on January 21, 2009.

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