Edo komon

photo Edo komon


The technique of Edo komon, which means Edo small patterns, was developed during the Edo period (1603-1868) for dyeing elaborate patterns on garments worn by samurai on formal occasions. Afterward, its use spread to the dyeing of commoners' kimono as well. Historically, a type of stencil known as Ise katagami has been used for Edo komon.
Fabric dyed with this technique is impressive because from a distance it seems to be plain cloth, but the extremely delicate repeated patterns can be admired up close.


  1. 1.Stretch white fabric over a board, place a stencil on top, and apply dye resistant paste on the lines of the pattern.
  2. 2.Apply colored paste for the base color over the entire surface with a spatula, steam the cloth, wash it in cold water, and the piece is complete.
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo Reference artworks