Chinese name: 巾

Pinyin: jīn

English name: cloth

Imagery: a piece of hanging cloth

History of radical: This cotton radical is called cloth. In oracle bones it is a picture of a cloth hanging on a line. Characters with this radical relate to cloth. In ancient China if it happened to be the year of your zodiac you would traditionally wear a red cloth around your waist for luck. Now people wear red underpants, socks or even jade to drive away bad luck.

For example: 

  • 布(bù): cloth
  • 帕(pà): handkerchief
  • 帐(zhàng): tent