A decorative design or pattern, often a distinctive, feature or stylised pattern, it can be used singly, as in a hallmark, or repeated.

* Motifs are often in single colours, though can also be multi-coloured: simplicity of drawing and printing is the point of a motif.

* In traditional hand printed design techniques, small motifs repeated in a fairly strict geometric form are very often complemented with a narrow border at either side applying the same colours and general idea, but with the motifs opened up into a trailing, running design.

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