Fabrics with stripes, plaid or checked patterns are called kanto.
There are different reasons why fabrics with certain patterns can be considered kanto
fabrics, and no clear rules exist for classifying them.
In the 16th centry, when kanto fabrics were introduced into Japan, the striped and checked patterns felt new and fresh to chajin (Tea practitioners). From that time on, they were used for making pouches for chaire (thick tea container), considerably earlier than donsu and kinran. Even after donsu and kinran became highly valued, the use of kanto fabrics did not decline because they provided a new range of fabric colors.
Here are a few examples:
|Kapitan kanto with large stripes|
|Tosai Kanto (10 colors)|
|Nikuzushi kanto close up|
|All three above: Sagara kanto|
*Fabric photos courtesy of Kitamura Tokusai Fukusaten Co., Ltd., Kyoto, Japan.via the now closed website Tea Hyakka..